Thursday, March 26, 2009


Derrick Rose said he felt improvement after receiving treatment on his injured right wrist Wednesday, and the Bulls' training staff is hopeful the rookie point guard will be able to play tonight against Miami.

Rose, who missed his first game of the season Tuesday against Detroit, is classified as a game-time decision, and general manager John Paxson said the Bulls will ''err on the side of caution'' in making the decision.

On the same day the NBA announced it would send Luol Deng home to London for an exhibition game Oct. 6 between the Bulls and the Jazz, the injured forward offered a glimmer of hope to salvage the season.

Deng, who has missed 12 straight games with a stress fracture in his right tibia, said he planned to increase his workouts to gauge how his leg reacts. More importantly, Deng said he's leaning toward ruling out surgery.

"I want to play," Deng said. "It'd be great if I can get back, especially because we should make the playoffs."

Since Feb. 28, Deng has been limited to pool and stationary bicycle work and running on a "weightless" treadmill designed to minimize impact. His increased workouts will include more running.

Pax talks -
On Paying Luol Deng $72 Million - "We kind of looked at is as, 'In paying Lu, we think he has value now and will have value down the road.' Sometimes that's how you have to look at it. You've got to say to yourself, 'If we pay this guy, there may come a time down the road....' We don't have any intention of moving Luol Deng, but that's how you look at it.

"One of Lu's great strengths is his ability to move without the ball. I still think he will become a very, very good player."

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