Kevin Love feels for his offseason training partner Derrick Rose.
Love, who has dealt with several serious injuries of his own, believes the Chicago Bulls star just needs a little luck to stay on the floor.
"I just think in a lot of ways you've just got to be lucky," Love said after Monday's shootaround. "We've gone through a lot of things with injuries, and we've been able to be relatively healthy this year. I have no doubt in my mind that he'll come back and be D-Rose."
Love and Rose have spent several summers training with personal trainer Rob McClanaghan in Santa Monica, Calif. Love was impressed by what he saw from Rose as he prepared for the season.
"He's one of the hardest workers in the game," Love said. "And that's why he's one of the best players in the game. He worked extremely hard, but he also worked extremely smart, too. There were a lot of things he did with his body to make sure that he was good to go. And also, he took certain days off and then hit it hard the next day. He's an extremely efficient hard worker, and I admire a guy like that."
Love said he hasn't had a chance to speak with Rose yet, but he can understand what he is going through.
"I'm sure like most people I'm just kind of giving him a little space, because it's tough to go through serious injuries like that," Love said. "I went through some of that last year with my hand and my knee. So I know that it's very tough, but Derrick's the kind of guy that's going to do everything he can to get back on the floor 100 percent as quickly as he can."
Timberwolves point guard Ricky Rubio can also empathize with what Rose is dealing with. He tore his ACL in March 2012 and had to go through the tedious process of rehab as he made his way back. Luckily for Rubio, he isn't dealing with another season-ending knee surgery as Rose is.
"It's painful," Rubio said of Rose's situation. "You know how it feels when you go down once. But when you go down twice it has to be hard. But all I can say is I know he's a warrior and he wants to come back and he's going to do it. And the best of luck for him."
As for Monday's game, the Bulls may be even more short-handed than usual. Center Joakim Noah is out with the flu and did not participate in Monday's shootaround. Veteran guard Kirk Hinrich (hamstring) is "likely out," according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. Hinrich has missed the past week because of the injury, and his status for the Bulls' upcoming West Coast swing remains in limbo.
Love respects the way the Bulls continue to find ways to win despite all the injuries.
"They really persevere," Love said. "They play hard. Thibodeau's a great coach; he gets these guys to play every single night, no matter who they have on the team on any given night."