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Derrick Rose playing without neck tape after back-and-forth with NBA

Updated: November 6, 2013 9:48PM



INDIANAPOLIS — The Kinesio tape Derrick Rose had been wearing was supposed to heal a sore neck.

Unfortunately, it was doing little to fix his ailing game.

So after a back-and-forth with the NBA on Wednesday, Rose made the decision to go without it against the Pacers.

“Tapegate’’ started at the morning shootaround when Rose revealed that the NBA told him the tape on the back of his neck was a no-no.

“I think the NBA told me I have to stop,’’ Rose said.

Asked if he was given a reason, Rose said, “I don’t know. I don’t even want to get into that. I swear I don’t know.’’

Rose had been dealing with a sore neck after the opening-night loss against the Heat in Miami, and the Kinesio tape was giving him a little relief.

He wore it in the victory against the Knicks and the loss against the 76ers.

Rose’s plan was to keep wearing it, “especially if I have a breakthrough game.’’

Rose entered the Pacers game shooting 29 percent with 17 turnovers and only 13 assists, so the magic of the tape wasn’t exactly working.

Later in the afternoon, the Bulls were informed that the league changed its mind, and Rose could go back to the tape.

His decision? No thanks.

Coach Tom Thibodeau seemed amused by the non-story that turned into a story.

“Well, you do what the league says,’’ Thibodeau said. “What they allow you to do is what you have to do. They cleared it.

‘‘I guess they got approval from the medical people in the league office, so it’s good.’’

All Thibodeau cared about was that Rose was happy with the decision.

If wearing black tape on the back of his neck makes him more comfortable, Thibodeau wasn’t about to stand in the way.

“Yes, anything that makes him more comfortable, I’m in favor of,’’ Thibodeau said.

Email: jcowley@suntimes.com



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