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Updated: October 15, 2013 10:05AM



Derrick Rose is well-versed in dealing with the mass panic surrounding his left knee.

Then again, 18 months of the same fire drill over and over again has made that possible.

On Monday, Rose was reassuring the media that the missed game in Rio de Janeiro was a blip on the screen.

Maybe that’s why he spent an extra hour after practice shooting jumpers for all to see.

“Nervous, I can understand, but at the same time, I have to worry about myself and worry about my health,’’ Rose said when asked if he understood the hysteria.

“I’m fine with [the constant questions]. That’s just something I’ve got to deal with. Does it get irritating? Sometimes, but I had the injury, and it’s something we all have to go through.’’

He was just fine in the Bulls’ first practice since returning from Brazil, going through the full workout. Rose is on schedule to play Wednesday against the Pistons at the United Center.

“My knee is good,’’ Rose said. “I was never worried about it. I could have played, but the front office made a decision to sit me out, so my health is No. 1.’’

The latest wrinkle in the ongoing knee saga, however, was how it happened.

Rose first said it happened sometime before practice Friday after he participated in the first two days of practice in Rio with no problems.

Coach Tom Thibodeau was pointing a finger at the long flight.

It was a combination of things,’’ Thibodeau said. “He had some soreness. And we flew all night going there. But he moved great [Monday], and he’s feeling real good.

“It’s soreness. We’re in training camp. This is an important time for us. We want everyone to work. But we also want to be smart. It was unusual with the travel involved. We played those two games, then we basically flew all night. And we had a lot of stuff going on during the day, so guys couldn’t get off their feet like they normally would because of all the obligations they had with the league. We just wanted to make sure everything was good.’’

When asked if it was all exaggerated media speculation, Thibodeau said, “That’s the reality of the way things are. You guys all do what you do, whatever it is that you do.’’

Rose is just glad that he’ll finally play in front of a United Center crowd.

“I’ve been thinking about it a lot, especially at night in bed,’’ Rose said. “Thinking about all the games we played, thinking about what I could have done in those games differently, and I’m excited to get back on the court at the UC. It’s been a long time since I’ve been on that court.’’

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