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Sunday, November 24, 2013
Notebook: Kidd has kind words for Rose

By Mike Mazzeo

NEW YORK -- Brooklyn Nets coach Jason Kidd feels terrible for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose, but feels Rose's character and makeup will help him come back from his second significant knee injury in as many seasons.

“It will test your belief and your will, because this is fresh for him too, coming off the first injury,” said Kidd, who underwent microfracture surgery on his knee on July 1, 2004, and did not return until December of that year.

“And now it’s the other knee, but he’s a strong kid. I would bet that he’s gonna bounce back from it, because that’s just his personality and his will and his desire to get back to that level that hopefully we’ll all see again one day.

“It’s about patience, and this is a good test for him, but I believe he’ll come out on top.”

Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee and needs surgery. He is out indefinitely.

Rose missed all of the 2012-13 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee.

“For the work of any athlete who’s been hurt, and the time it takes for them to get back, and get back to the level that you feel comfortable with, and then to hurt yourself, it hurts,” Kidd said. “It’s a very unfortunate thing for a very special player. You just hope for a speedy recovery.”

Andray Blatche will start for the Nets at center in place of Reggie Evans on Sunday afternoon. Kidd said it’s because he wanted to make a change given his team’s bad stretch recently. The Detroit Pistons, with a frontline that features Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe, rank first in the NBA in points in the paint.