Thursday, October 22, 2009

Derrick Rose is Sexy (and I'm not the only one saying it)

Derrick Rose receives new accolade from Marisa Miller of Victoria's Secret

Victoria's Secret Angel Marisa Miller made a special appearance at the Berto Center following practice on Thursday to present Derrick Rose with his Victoria's Secret “What’s Sexy Now Chicago Athlete” nomination.
Marisa Miller and Derrick RoseBelieve it or not, Rose and Miller have a few things in common. Both excelled at sports at a young age, with Rose dominating on the basketball court growing up on the south side of Chicago and Miller a high school standout volleyball player in California.

So, Marisa, why is Derrick sexy?

“Well first of all, basketball is sexy,” said the 31-year old supermodel. “Any athlete is sexy, they have talent. I actually met Derrick [Wednesday] night and he has these long eyelashes and gorgeous eyes. He’s sexy.”

Bulls' Rose feeling better; eyes opener

Bulls guard Derrick Rose began doing cutting drills on Wednesday and said he expects to play in the regular-season opener on Oct. 29.

"I'll be playing, no doubt in my mind, I want to play," Rose said Wednesday when asked if he'll face the San Antonio Spurs. "The trainers have been saying I'm looking good, running better every day.

"It's a little sore, but I'll be fine."

Rose hasn't played or practiced since a Oct. 2 game against the Indiana Pacers because of an inflamed tendon in his right ankle.

"He worked out yesterday a little bit and was a little sore, and today he worked out and felt better," Bulls coach Vinny Del Negro said. "So that's a good sign. So we'll see how sore he is tomorrow and try to get him another workout and just try to build it up and be smart about it."

Rose said he could even play in a preseason game Friday, but Del Negro said he doesn't expect that to happen.

Rose better, but still not ready to go

The Bulls didn't do any work on the court Tuesday, instead using their allotted practice time for film review and weight training. So technically, Derrick Rose didn't miss another session.

But if they had taken the court, it would have been without their starting point guard yet again.

After testing his lingering right ankle injury by running on Monday, Rose reported soreness on Tuesday morning. His activities were limited to weight training and getting treatment.

''They didn't want me running [Tuesday],'' Rose said. ''I told them it was a little bit sore from all the running I did [Monday]. We're just taking it day-by-day.''

Tuesday's soreness was just the latest chapter in a frustrating healing process for Rose. He was encouraged Monday after he ran for about 20 minutes without pain, but discouraged that he woke up sore the day after.

''Yeah, it's definitely from the running, but I can play through it,'' he said. ''I'll try to practice [today] early and, hopefully, I'll be playing on Friday.

''Hopefully, they'll let me practice. If not, I will be kind of upset, but I have to listen to [the medical staff].''

The soreness isn't a setback per se, but a sign that the healing process isn't complete just yet, which is an obvious concern to coach Vinny Del Negro.

Ask K.C. Johnson

Is the preseason over yet? The London game added an extra week to the annual snooze-fest known as NBA preseason. Luckily, there’s just over one week left to the Oct. 29 season opener. Your questions, however, count equally as much whether it’s preseason or regular season.

Man, that was pretty sappy. Onward. And, yes, Derrick Rose did some running at Wednesday practice but I’d still be surprised if he played Friday.


I don't think I need to bother writing this, but it is crucial that the Bulls get a 100% healthy D-Rose on the floor if they are doing anything or going anywhere this season. Missing the pre-season sucks because it means we have to spend the first part of the season gelling as a team. But the Bulls generally get off to a slow start, so maybe it won;t matter to much as far as Ws and Ls.

I want Rose to play as soon as possible, but I would rather make sure he is healthy and wait until game 4 or 5 than rush him back for the opener. A healthy D-Rose for the last 75 games of the year is better than a lingering injury for all 82 games.

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