Derrick Rose visits teammates
Injured Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose visited his teammates at practice Monday at the Berto Center, but it's not certain whether he'll sit with them Tuesday during Game 2 of their Eastern Conference quarterfinal series against the Philadelphia 76ers, and no date has been set for his surgery.
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Rose tore his left ACL with 1:22 left in the Bulls' Game 1 win on Saturday, and he'll miss the rest of the postseason.
"You want him to be around," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. "And he wants to be around. But I don't think he'll be able to travel."
The Bulls expect to have a better idea about Rose's surgery later this week.
"He's got to wait because they're strengthening the quad and all that," Thibodeau said. "It will probably be clearer by the end of the week."
Thibodeau said Rose is anxious to be with his teammates and already concentrating on his rehab.
"He's obviously disappointed with the injury," Thibodeau said. "He's totally into the team, and he's already thinking of all the things he's going to do to get back.
"And you just have to be patient. As I said, the guy's a fierce, fierce competitor, and that's the way he'll approach his rehab. And when he comes back, I expect him to pick up right where he left off. And he'll be even better."
It will be the 28th time the Bulls play without Rose, who suffered from a variety of injuries, including turf toe, back spasms, a pulled groin and injured foot this season.
"One of the things I shared with our guys is [Rose] missed 26 or 27 games this year," 76ers coach Doug Collins said after Sunday's practice. "They have played without him. It's not going to be that he's not missed any games, and all of a sudden now, 'What are they going to do?' They've won some games without him. They've won some big games without him."
Kyle Korver, meanwhile, sat out practice Monday to rest. But Korver's enthusiasm did not take the day off. Neither did his goal of winning a championship.
"I don't know one good sports movie where the 1-seed just got to cruise to the championship," Korver said. "I read a really good book about the whole concept of story, and just about [how] most of us try to go through life trying to live the easiest life possible and the most comfortable life possible. If you look at that story at the end of the day, it's not a story you want to read. We got a good story here. It's going to be a little bit harder and we've got to pull together a little bit tighter, and we got to play a little bit better, but we can."
Korver and his teammates take some solace in the fact they are 18-9 without Rose this season.
"Maybe that was just preparing us for now. Who knows? But we feel like we have enough to win with," Korver said. "That's Thibs' saying that's ingrained in our mind, right? We have more than enough to win. We believe it. You hear something enough, it kind of sticks with you. We have a lot of faith in C.J. [Watson] and John Lucas and ourselves. And we're going to go out there and play hard and see what happens."
ESPN Chicago's Scott Powers, Nick Friedell and Melissa Isaacson contributed to this report.
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