Bulls' Rose misses practice
Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said Rose merely watched during Monday's practice. Center Joakim Noah, who missed the last four games before the break with plantar fasciitis, participated in Monday's practice.
"Just getting him some rest," Del Negro said of Rose. "He's still a little bit sore. Joakim worked out a little bit. He's better, but he's still not a 100 percent. He probably won't be until the summertime."
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When asked about Tuesday's game against the Knicks, Del Negro said the team would take a wait-and-see approach for both Rose and Noah.
"We'll see how they feel. We'll see how both of them feel," Del Negro said. "We'll have shootaround in the morning and see how they feel. I think Derrick will be able to play. Joakim, I'm not sure yet."
"I should be all right [Tuesday]," Rose said. "My back stiffened up during the [All-Star] Game. It was hurting a little bit. I told [Eastern Conference head coach Stan Van Gundy] I couldn't go anymore and he sat me out for like the fourth quarter so I was fine."
Del Negro added that in Rose's case, the team would see how how the hip loosens up.
"Those things, once they loosen up a little bit, hopefully he'll feel a little bit better," he said. "He's feeling a little bit better with the treatment he's getting. Just basically rest. So, we'll see how he does [Tuesday]."
Rose did not defend his Skills Challenge title during All-Star festivities on Saturday in Dallas, but he did play 15 minutes during Sunday's game, scoring eight points to go with four assists and three steals.
Meanwhile, Noah keeps dealing with his injury.
"I feel a lot better," Noah said. "Just did some conditioning a little bit over the break. My foot feels a lot better. I'm not 100 percent yet, but we're just going to see how it goes. I did half of practice today and it felt pretty good. The trainer took me out about halfway through. [I] did some bike, did some more conditioning. And we'll see [Tuesday] how it feels and see if I can play."
Noah is also taking a wait-and-see approach to Tuesday.
"Hopefully, there's no swelling," Noah said. "I'm not 100 percent yet, but it feels better than it did a couple weeks ago when I was playing. It feels a lot better. I'm not in great shape right now, but I'm just trying to get back as soon as I can."
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