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Thursday, November 21, 2013
Rose can relate to Butler's plight

By Nick Friedell



DENVER -- Derrick Rose can empathize with Jimmy Butler's turf-toe injury. That's because Rose, who has dealt with the injury twice in his career, says he is still dealing with turf toe.

"I still got it," Rose said before Thursday morning's shootaround. "I think it's an injury where you just got to get your toe back mobile, get it moving again. For me, I hope he hurries up and rushes back, but he's still got to be patient."

Butler injured the toe in Monday night's win over the Charlotte Bobcats and will not travel with the team during its annual circus trip, which begins Thursday night against the Denver Nuggets. Butler is considered week to week, and coach Tom Thibodeau says Butler will be in a walking boot for the foreseeable future.

Thibodeau hasn't decided whether Kirk Hinrich or Mike Dunleavy Jr. will replace Butler in the starting lineup, with both players expected to run some sets with the starting group during Thursday's shootaround.

Rose said Butler is going to have to be careful as he makes his way back to the floor.

"Really they have to (stabilize) it every morning," Rose said. "You got to get treatment. You got to let the swelling come down because I think his foot is a little bit swollen and really stay off of it. I think he's wearing a boot now, but really walking around as soon as you can so that you feel like you're putting a little bit of pressure on it so you're used to it. But I think that he knows everything because what the doctors tell him. I don't want to sound like I'm a doctor or anything."

Rose, who is still trying to find his rhythm after missing the last year and a half while recovering from knee surgery, believes that his body will be fine as the Bulls begin a tough four-games-in-five-nights stretch.

"I'm good, man," he said. "I'm feeling good. I'm feeling energized. Just ready to get out here and play. My rhythm is coming back a little bit more. And as a team I think that we're playing good basketball, so that's the only thing that I'm worried about."

Rose said it will be difficult for the Bulls to replace Butler, but injuries are part of the game.

"It's going to be tough," Rose said. "But at the same time, we know it's the NBA. The next guy's got to come in and fill in for him and I think that all the guys are getting ready for it. I think we're going to have a great trip."