Chicago Bulls: John Wall

Wall would sit season if he were Rose

April, 2, 2013
Friedell By Nick Friedell
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Washington Wizards guard John Wall, who missed more than two months with a knee injury, believes Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose would be better off sitting out the rest of the season as he recovers from May 12 ACL surgery.

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Derrick Rose says his toe feels OK now

January, 30, 2012
Friedell By Nick Friedell
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Derrick Rose says the turf toe injury which has bothered him for several weeks is not an issue at the moment.

"I don't feel it anymore," Rose said before Monday night's game against the Washington Wizards. "My biggest thing now is just getting rest, that's the biggest thing. My toe is all right. I've been getting treatment on it, so I'm fine with that. It's just getting rest and getting the proper sleep in time."

Rose, who originally dealt with turf toe two seasons ago, re-aggravated the injury on Jan. 10 against the Minnesota Timberwolves. He tried to play through the injury, but has now missed five games because of it this season. He played a season-high 44 minutes during Sunday's loss to the Heat.

Rose changes diet: The reigning MVP noted during pregame that he has changed his diet this season. The candy that he used to inhale has been replaced by a lot of chicken.

"I've been making sure I've been eating good," Rose said. "I stopped eating sweets as much. Getting rest, sleeping, just laying around in my bed getting sleep. Eating-wise, I'm only eating chicken. I don't eat beef, pork or fish. I think I've been eating OK."

Rose vs. Wall in a race? : Rose is usually regarded as one of the fastest players in the league from end to end. One of the only players most experts believe might beat Rose in a race down the floor is Wizards guard John Wall. So who is faster?

"He is, man," Rose said with a smile. "He's younger. He is definitely."

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau isn't sure who would win the race, but he knows how important solid point guard play is in the league.

"That would be some race," Thibodeau said. "Those guys are special. All I know is if you can get one, get one."

Rose vs. Wall just what NBA needs

November, 14, 2010
Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
CHICAGO -- As Derrick Rose practiced his corner 3-pointer an hour and a half before Saturday's game against the Washington Wizards, he was unexpectedly crowded by a bunch of guys in sweaters and sportcoats hanging around the visiting bench.

He looked over, a bit confused, and kept shooting.

Why was the media invading his space?

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Dennis Wierzbicki/US PresswireDerrick Rose and John Wall begin their rivalry on Saturday at the United Center.
Two of the top young point guards in the NBA commence their rivalry on Saturday at the United Center as John Wall brings the Wizards to face Derrick Rose and the Bulls.

Both stars played one collegiate season for John Calipari and both were No. 1 overall picks.

Rose, who is in his third year, already has an impressive resume that includes: Rookie of the Year award; All-Star berth and World Championship.

Wall, a rookie, was third-youngest player in NBA history to post a triple-double.

Greenberg: Rose, Wall ready for rivalry

November, 12, 2010
Greenberg By Jon Greenberg
Derrick Rose knows the comparisons between him and John Wall are out there, and he's ready to see how Wall looks in their first regular-season matchup. Rose had 18 points and five assists in their preseason matchup, while Wall had 11 and six.

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Hinrich's strange return to United Center

October, 8, 2010
Friedell By Nick Friedell
CHICAGO -- After seven productive seasons in Chicago, it was understandably strange for Kirk Hinrich to walk into the visitor's locker room at the United Center.

"[I've] not ever seen it before," he said as his Wizards got ready to face the Bulls. "This is the first time. [It's] a little weird, but it was weird to put on this uniform the first time too, but I got over that. We're young, but we've got a lot of enthusiasm and guys are trying to do the right things."

Hinrich, who was traded earlier in the summer so that the Bulls could clear enough cap space to go after LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh, has to be pleased with at least one aspect of playing with the Wizards -- the team's head coach, Flip Saunders, is actually saying his first name correctly. Former Bulls head coach Vinny Del Negro repeatedly called the veteran guard, "Kurt" during press conferences.

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AP Photo/Nam Y. HuhKirk Hinrich returned to the United Center in a Wizards uniform to battle Luol Deng and the Bulls.
"Some people just can't say it correctly, I guess," Hinrich joked.

Aside from the pronunciation change, Hinrich seems to be doing fine in his new role with the Wizards. He definitely misses Chicago, (in fact he still plans to live in the area during the offseason) but he has accepted the fact that the United Center is no longer his home.

Here are a few more of his thoughts prior to the game.

  • On being traded by the Bulls: "I was a little bit shocked. A little bit shocked. I don't know why, but for whatever reason it caught me off guard. Obviously, initially, you have mixed emotions and everything like that, but I was able to get over it fairly easily and realize I had an opportunity in front of me to have a fresh start out in Washington and it's been really good so far."

  • On Wizards rookie point guard, and number one pick, John Wall: "I think he has the ability to be a great player in this league. Already, he's proven that he's going to be pretty dang good right off the bat, and he's got that special type of athleticism you don't see very often at the point guard position."

  • On the similarities between Rose and Wall: "They're both a special type of athletes. Obviously, they're different, personalities and things like that, but it's still so early, it's hard to tell. Everybody asks me, ‘Compare the two, compare the two,’ but it's so early right now. John has the ability to definitely be a great player in this league."

    Wall vs. Rose, part I: Speaking of Wall, he seemed excited about the chance to square off against Rose in a professional game.

    "He's an All-Star-type player," Wall said of Rose, "So all I can do is try to hold my own against him and just keep getting better every game and prepare myself to get to the level he's at."

    Like Rose did for the past two seasons, Wall said he has gotten a lot of advice from Hinrich over the past few weeks.

    "They help me a whole lot," Wall said of Hinrich and fellow Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas. "Especially with my confidence, if I miss a couple shots they're telling me to keep it going. I'm learning as much as I can from Kirk, especially on the defensive end, he's a great guard, and how they guard the pick and roll very well."

    Thibs isn't pleased with the rebounding: Coming into Friday's contest, the Bulls had been outrebounded 96-62 over the past two games. It's a number that new head coach Tom Thibodeau obviously isn't happy with and is trying to correct. When asked the reason the Bulls have been so bad, after the led the league in rebounding last season, he had this to say:

    "Probably reaction to the ball, fight," he said. "When you look at the rebounding, I thought Joakim for his minutes rebounded extremely well. I thought Kurt [Thomas] did a really solid job on the boards, and [Omer] Asik was very good in short minutes. So, it's the same story, the more you go the more you get, right now we're standing and watching, not reacting. And the other problem [on Thursday], I thought as the game went on we started leaking out. We can't do that. We're small. We've got to be a gang rebounding team. If we don't rebound with all five, we'll have problems."

    Injuries: Ronnie Brewer (sore hamstring) and C.J. Watson (sore quad) both sat out alongside Carlos Boozer (broken finger).
  • Future foe Rose gives Wall advice

    May, 20, 2010
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    By Nick Firedell
    No matter what John Wall does during his NBA career he will always be compared to Derrick Rose.

    And vice versa.

    The pair has a lot of similarities. Most notably, they are both dynamic point guards and they both played for John Calipari in college. Rose at Memphis and Wall at Kentucky. Throughout the past season, Rose was asked about Wall and how his game compared to that of the Bulls' All Star. Rose was always very complimentary and it seemed like he was looking forward to facing off against Wall at some point in the NBA.

    That time is coming very soon.

    Wall, who is expected to be drafted by the Wizards with the No. 1 pick later next month, was in town on Thursday for the draft combine and spoke highly of Rose and his game.

    "He's a great player and a great person," Wall said of Rose. "I talked to him, asked him for advice this year because I know he's been through the same things that I've been through. Some stuff you can ask him about and some stuff you can't, but we've got a good relationship."

    The Wall-Rose rivalry is one that a lot of basketball fans have been looking forward to for a while now. Both players are so explosive and can make so many things happen off the dribble that you get the sense that they may be squaring off in All Star Games for a long time.

    Wall realizes that Rose's work ethic is the thing that is helping him create a name for himself in the league right now.

    "He's getting better," Wall said. "He made the All Star team this year. They're saying he's putting in the work in the gym to get better year by year."

    As for the speculation surrounding any kind of Wall-LeBron James package deal, Wall had this to say:

    "That would be pretty big, [playing with] one of the top players in the NBA," he said. "If it happens, it happens. If not, I've got to prepare myself to face against him next year. He's a monster on the court. If you get a guy like that on your team he can help you out with so much."

    No matter where James lands this summer, Wall's biggest help may be the advice he gets from Rose. The Bulls' point guard has already accomplished all the things that Wall would like to do, and he's blazed a trail for young point guards that Wall would be happy, and wise, to follow.

    Bulls mailbag: The John Wall question

    March, 24, 2010
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    Friedell By Nick Friedell
    The Chicago Bulls have finally snapped their 10-game losing skid, but do they have enough time to hop back into the playoff chase now? Being two and a half games back with just 12 left to play, the odds are against Vinny Del Negro & Co., but did anyone really think the Bulls would actually win five in a row during their cross-country road trip in January?


    So, who knows how this season is going to play out? In the meantime, let's dip back into the mailbag and see what's going on. As usual, judging by the amount of questions I get regarding this summer's free agent class, I'm not sure how many people really care about how this season ends up anyway ...
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    Rocky Widner/NBAE/Getty ImagesThough fans may want to see LeBron James in a Bulls uniform next season, they may be more likely to get Chris Bosh.
    I don't want to talk about the playoffs. What about next season -- who do they spend the money on? I think LeBron is tired of the Midwest and looking East. Bosh seems like the best fit ...

    Gordy B (Evanston )


    Like I've been saying all year, I don't think LeBron is leaving Cleveland. It's my own personal belief. I think his situation is too good there and that team is too close to winning a title. Sure, if he came to Chicago the Bulls would be, too, but I still don't think he is going to leave his hometown team. As for the best fit question, I've gone back and forth with this one, but after seeing both Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh play live a few times this year I'd have to say Bosh would be the best fit. He would provide the Bulls with another major presence down low and probably 20 points and 12 rebounds every night.

    More than that, though, I've seen Wade coast his way through a few games this season. He doesn't seem to play as hard as he possibly can all the time and with his style of play I don't think his body is going to last through the length of a max deal. I'm not saying Bosh would be the same player six years from now either, but I don't think he would break down as fast. He would give you the same effort every night and would compliment Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah very well.

    Who do you think will have a better NBA career, Derrick Rose or John Wall?

    Chris (Houston, Texas)

    Ah, yes. The John Wall question. Another one I get at least once a week. I actually asked Derrick about this last week and he just laughed. Seriously, who knows how these guys careers' will unfold right now? Rose is still just 21 years old. Wall is just 19. They are both ridiculously talented. Can't we just wait and see? No ... OK, if I had to pick one guy right this second it would be Rose because I think his supporting cast is only going to get better. Noah, Deng, a possible free agent ...

    But again, who knows? Wall could go to the Nets and they may somehow be able to lure LeBron away. I doubt it -- but it's an idea that has been floating around out there.

    All right everybody, thanks for all the questions. I will talk to you guys next week.

    Why does everyone keep talking about free agents and forgetting the Bulls? Rose, Deng, Noah, Gibson and [James Johnson] plus one or two max depending on [Kirk Hinrich] and other contracts. Why would a star not want to play in this city with that core? That's a great core for the next 7-10 years.

    Chris (Chicago)

    Chris, I don't think anybody has forgotten the Bulls. I think most people realize what a great core the team has and most teams around the league are scared that the organization, (and the city), have a chance at attracting one of the top free agents this summer.

    With the whole free agency thing coming up,can you really see the Bull's being so unlucky as to not land a superstar (i.e. chris bosh or LeBron James)? Are [the Bulls] more in tune for a Joe Johnson, Carlos Boozer ... instead?

    Patrick (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif.)

    Ah, so I take it you don't think Johnson and Boozer are superstars, Patrick. I'd tend to agree, but that doesn't mean they wouldn't be good fits on this team. Both would fit in well with the Bulls' core at the moment. Having said that, I don't know if I would call it unlucky if the Bulls didn't land James, Wade or Bosh. Again, I don't think James and Wade are leaving their respective cities. Bosh may end up in Chicago, but the Bulls will be fighting the Raptors, the Heat and several other teams for his services.

    I think the Bulls will eventually land someone, but the odds of it being one of those top-tier guys aren't as high.

    Nick, keep up the good work.What's up with the way the coaching staff has been handling James Johnson lately? It seems that even when he plays well in the first half or has a favorable matchup in which he is having success he is still stuck on the bench in the second half. I'm sure they have some cliche answer about not making mistakes or something like that but bottom line is that he has been playing well.

    Joey G. (Los Angeles, Calif.)

    Obviously, there are a lot of James Johnson fans out there. I've gotten this question several times over the last week. I think the key is that the coaching staff is finally starting to develop more trust in Johnson. He has dropped about 20 pounds over the last few months and appears to have a renewed focus on basketball. If he works hard in the summer and proves to the organization that he wants to get on the floor more, I think he's got a chance to become a solid rotation contributor.



    Derrick Rose
    15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
    ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
    AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
    StealsJ. Butler 1.9
    BlocksJ. Noah 1.5