Bulls' Derrick Rose out with left knee soreness Saturday

By Royce Young | NBA writer

Derrick Rose appears ready to face LeBron James on October 29th.   (USATSI)
Derrick Rose is out Saturday because of a knee issue. (USATSI)

You might want to sit down, Bulls fans.

Per the Chicago Tribune, Derrick Rose is sitting the Bulls' preseason game Saturday against the Wizards because of left knee soreness.

The team says it's "precautionary."

That left knee is of course the surgerically repaired one that Rose tore his ACL in during the 2012 playoffs and missed the entire 2012-13 season rehabilitating.

Rose has appeared in both preseason games for the Bulls, looking a lot like his old self with explosive drives to the basket, but he played only 20 and 23 minutes in the two games. Rose declared in early September that he was "100 percent," but he obviously might need to slow things down just a bit.

It's not unusual for Rose to be sitting since this is indeed a preseason game, but there is hyper-concern surrounding Rose's knee, particularly because of all the time off he had last season. There were worries that he wasn't healing properly or was experiencing complications or setbacks, but all the while the message was the same -- Rose is fine, he'll return when he's ready.

Rose spoke to reporters about it and said it was no big deal.

"I'm good. I could've played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. I can't complain about that," he said. "It's nothing huge. I know that I should be able to go next game."

Again, the team is deeming this precautionary and it very well may be. Rose hasn't played live NBA action since April of 2012 and with full contact practices and games, he might just need a little break. Let's just hope that's all it is.

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