Rose's injury a symptom of the season

April, 29, 2012
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Wilbon By Michael Wilbon
ESPNChicago.com
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It was the 26h of December and the Chicago Bulls, who just played on Christmas Day were about to tip off their second game in two days. Richard Hamilton, the veteran guard who had come to the Bulls to be the final piece of a championship puzzle, told me to listen up.

This season, Hamilton said, was going to be like no other. Teams would need to be more patient than ever before, players would, too; they were about to put their bodies through hell. Not just the three days in three nights, but the four games in five nights, the seven games in 10 nights, the weeks without practice and necessary rest and recovery.


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Michael Wilbon is a featured columnist for ESPN.com and ESPNChicago.com. He is the longtime co-host of "Pardon the Interruption" on ESPN and appears on the "NBA Sunday Countdown" pregame show on ABC, in addition to ESPN. You can follow him on Twitter: @RealMikeWilbon

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TEAM LEADERS

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