Derrick Rose can’t say when he might return
BY MARK POTASH firstname.lastname@example.org March 26, 2012 11:22PM
Bulls forward Taj Gibson tries to redirect a shot by Nuggets forward Al Harrington on Monday. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: April 28, 2012 8:17AM
Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, who missed his seventh consecutive game with a strained groin, said he is ‘‘getting better every day,’’ but could not predict when he would return.
‘‘It’s day-by-day,’’ Rose said Monday after the Bulls’ shootaround at the Berto Center. ‘‘It’s getting better every day. I’m able to move a little bit more. I’m getting treatment twice a day. Hopefully, I’ll be out there soon.’’
Rose has been getting massage treatment and has been running in a pool and on a treadmill, ‘‘where it takes your body weight off.’’ But he still is not running on the court or participating in practice.
‘‘I’m trying to rush back as quickly as possible,’’ Rose said. ‘‘But this is my first time injuring my groin. It takes a little time. It’s getting better. But they’re playing great without me.’’
Rose has missed 17 games with three different injuries this season — back spasms, turf toe and the groin. He said the decision to return will be his.
‘‘Whenever I feel like I’m 100 percent or close to it, I’m going to play, no matter who says what,’’ he said. ‘‘The call is up to me.’’
Rose, who had missed six games through his first three NBA seasons, has missed 17 this season. At 23, he said he might have to adjust how he physically gets through a season.
‘‘I guess stretch a little bit more before games, after games, when I go home, before I go to sleep,’’ he said. ‘‘Just try to work on my flexibility.’’
Richard Hamilton, who has missed the last 11 games with a bruised shoulder, is participating in practice and closer to returning than Rose. He also is a game-time decision for tonight. But Hamilton has yet to go through a practice with contact and is unlikely to return until he does.
‘‘But right now we’re not doing a whole lot of contact, either,’’ Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘‘But they’re doing more and more each day. It’s a good sign.’’
Former DePaul star Wilson Chandler, who signed to play in China during the lockout and was stuck there because of contractual issues, played in his fifth game since signing a five-year, $37 million contract earlier this month. The 6-8 Chandler, who averaged 26.6 points and 12 rebounds a game in China, came into Monday night’s game averaging 12.3 points and 5.8 rebounds in his first four games with the Nuggets.
Back on the beam
The pace of a game against the Nuggets seemed to help Kyle Korver regain his shooting touch. Korver, who was 1-for-7 from the field, including 1-for-5 on three-pointers, against the Raptors on Saturday night, hit his first three three-pointers against the Nuggets and scored 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting in the first half.