Derrick Rose will have the meniscus removed


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The Chicago Bulls announced that Derrick Rose will have surgery tomorrow. The procedure will be a menistecomy, which means his torn right medial meniscus will be removed. The removal of his meniscus is the strategy for repairing his damaged knee.

Rose suffered the same exact injury 15 months ago. Now I’m not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV, so I turn it over to this Chicago Tribune article.

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What post Derrick Rose life looks like for Chicago


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Losing to the Charlotte Hornets at home, a team missing their leasing scorer in Kemba Walker no less, was rather disheartening for the Chicago Bulls. As bad as the Hornets are, nine games under .500 with the win, Charlotte is now tied with the Brooklyn Nets for the final playoff spot in the Eastern Conference.

Michael Jordan’s franchise has now moved out of lottery land for the time being, and the Bulls fell from third to fourth. It’s tragic what’s happened to Derrick Rose. His career arc has drawn comparisons to Mark Prior, Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill.

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What Aaron Brooks, E’twaun Moore bring to the Bulls table


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Credit GarPax (slang for Chicago Bulls GM Gar Forman and Vice President John Paxson) for signing point guard Aaron Brooks and combo guard E’Twaunn Moore this summer. With Derrick Rose, you must embody the official motto of the Boy Scouts of America: “be prepared.”

Derrick Rose has only played in 62 games since the end of the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, and when you count both the regular season and the playoffs, he’s only played in about 33% of the Bulls schedule over this four year period.

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Derrick Rose to undergo knee surgery; could miss rest of season


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Derrick Rose will miss significant time due to injury- yet again. It’s really unfathomable at this point. What are the odds? How can lightning strike the same guy three times like this?

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Chicago Bulls defensive issues, in the eyes of TNT pundits


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Only five teams in the Eastern Conference, the weaker of two conferences in the NBA, give up more points per game on average than the Chicago Bulls. That means there are nine teams who are better defensively in the East than your Chicago Bulls.

It just sounds so weird to say: a Tom Thibodeau team is below average (or close to it) defensively. It’s a figurative paradox. like “military intelligence, two words combined that don’t make sense,” as the heavy metal band MegaDeath once famously said.

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When will Doug McDermott return to the Bulls?


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Doug McDermott doesn’t appear to be the potential answer for the Chicago Bulls at the small forward position. The first string three Mike Dunleavy will miss his 17th straight game tonight. (more on that, and on his potential return here)  Tony Snell has started two of the last three games, with Coach Tom Thibodeau deciding to start two power forwards in the other.

Still, no love for Dougie McBuckets thus far.

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When will Mike Dunleavy return to the Bulls?


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It’s much more than a sprained right ankle that’s keeping Mike Dunleavy out of the lineup for the Chicago Bulls. He didn’t practice today and is out for the game at Houston tomorrow night. So that will be 17 straight games he’s missed.

Officially, he is day-to-day, but it’s very likely he could miss the Bulls next three games (at New Orleans, Orlando), which comprise the second portion of the current road trip. Then the Bulls have two home dates (versus Cleveland and Sacramento) leading into the All-Star Break in New York February 13th-15th.

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Bulls miss Joakim Noah like the deserts miss the rain


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Joakim Noah played 22 minutes yesterday, and 23 minutes in the previous contest. However, he’s just not truly himself. Noah is active, but the he’s the Noah we know and love who was first team All-NBA and the league’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Joakim Noah has entirely missed 12 of 46 games this season, and the Chicago Bulls miss him. Like the deserts miss the rain. (credit the late ’90s Saturday Night Live re-occurring character “Mango” who made that song popular)

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Chicago Bulls: maybe it’s time to push the panic button


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Maybe it is indeed time for fans of the Chicago Bulls to push the panic button. I still maintain that they’re going to be fine in the end and that all the negativity we’ve heard lately is an overreaction. The main producer for ESPN’s NBA programming agrees with what I said a few days ago that the Chicago Bulls should be alright when it counts.

However, I also understand the causes for concern. There are plenty of issues to be worried about.

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Chicago Bulls catastrophizing is completely unwarranted


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The sky is falling with the Chicago Bulls. At least that’s what both the local and national media would have you believe. They’re all wrong. There have been plenty of “this Chicago Bulls team has quit on Tom Thibodeau” hot takes.

The Bulls armageddonists all point to the Derrick Rose soundbite, which OMG had an f-bomb!!! That means the end times are coming!

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Jimmy Butler, Pau Gasol, not Noah and Rose, Bulls stars this year


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It’s been reported that the Chicago Bulls will give Jimmy Butler a max contract this offseason. The way he’s played, probably one of the three best two guards in the league, give that man a max contract! Jimmy Butler and Pau Gasol need to be the Chicago Bulls All-Star selections this year; not Derrick Rose and Joakim Noah.

That’s probably been storyline number one this Chicago Bulls season- who the real stars have been.

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Bulls Nikola Mirotic leading NBA Rookie of the Year candidate


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Chicago Bulls Forward Nikola Mirotic has as great a chance as anyone of winning the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 2015. When #2 overall pick Jabari Parker went down for the season with an injury, the ROY race became completely wide open. Naturally, the #1 overall pick, Andrew Wiggins of the Minnesota Timberwolves, becomes a top candidate.

Mirotic, however, has been outperforming him. Nikola Mirotic has a much better offensive efficiency, and better shooting percentages than Wiggins. He also earns his minutes much more than Wiggins as he’s part of the one of the best front lines in the NBA. Here’s why we think Wiggins is undeserving of the award though.

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