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Mayo thinks Rose will return this season

November, 28, 2012
11/28/12
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CHICAGO -- Dallas Mavericks guard O.J. Mayo is convinced that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will return to action at some point this season rather than sit out the whole year as some have speculated.

"Some people say, 'Well (if) you have a chance to make the playoffs or (are) in the playoffs, come back.' Some people say, 'If you don't have a chance maybe hold out a year,' but I think you should still go out there and get some games under your belt and work out some kinks and wrinkles," Mayo said. "Which is never too bad because he's been training for a whole year and excited about coming back and playing so you don't want it to be a whole year and a whole (other) summer and wait until the offseason because D, he doesn't really play too much pick-up in the summer. So I think it would be good for him to come back whenever he's ready and just work out some wrinkles and kinks."

Rose tore the ACL in his left knee in the first game of last spring's playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.

"We grew up together," Mayo said. "We started playing each other since we were 8, 9 years old. So to see him go down, it was pretty heartbreaking. I know he's going to work hard to get back and be out there helping his team. I know it's killing him right now not to be able to get a chance to help his guys, but he's a great player and a hard worker so I know he'll get back to (being) himself."

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POINTS
Derrick Rose
PTS AST STL MIN
15.9 4.3 0.5 31.1
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsJ. Noah 11.3
AssistsJ. Noah 5.4
StealsJ. Butler 1.9
BlocksJ. Noah 1.5