The Chicago Bulls announced Tuesday that Derrick Rose (left orbital fracture) will "most likely" miss all eight of the team's exhibition games, putting his status for the Oct. 27 regular-season opener against the Cavaliers in jeopardy, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports. "They still want [Rose] to be a little bit careful just with the swelling, make sure that his vision is back to where it's supposed to be, to where it was before he got hit, before they want him to get anything going on with his blood pressure spiking is how I understand it," Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said.
Hoiberg indicated Monday that he was hopeful Rose would return to full practice Wednesday, but those plans were tabled when the point guard was still experiencing blurred vision as a result of the swelling near his eye. Rose is now expected to remain held out of contract drills for another week, giving him precious little time to prepare for the start of the regular season. With the Bulls opening the season with a back-to-back set, the team could opt to take a prudent approach with Rose, potentially creating an opportunity for either or both of Kirk Hinrich and Aaron Brooks to assume a greater amount of minutes than expected in the early portion of the schedule.
Derrick Rose (eye) was present at morning shootaround Monday, and coach Fred Hoiberg indicated a hope that he'll be cleared for practice within a couple days, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago reports.
Rose has been sidelined since Sept. 29 because of a left orbital fracture, but he appears to be nearing a return to practice and eventually game action. Given his current status, it seems highly likely that he'll be ready to go for the start of the regular season barring a setback of some kind in the final couple weeks of training camp.
Chicago Bulls point guard E'Twaun Moore scored 18 points on 8 of 12 shooting to go along with two rebounds, five assists and two steals in 23 minutes Saturday against Minnesota.
Derrick Rose (left orbital fracture) did not play again Sunday and Kirk Hinrich only played 17 minutes, leaving Moore with extra playing time. Although he is a capable backup, don't expect him to see extended playing time this season barring multiple injuries at the point.
Guard Derrick Rose (left orbital fracture) is expected to rejoin the Chicago Bulls Wednesday, ESPN Chicago reports.
Rose's timetable for a return has not changedm as he is still not expected to resume basketball activities until two weeks after his surgery. The Bulls are hopeful Rose will be ready for the regular season opener, but he will likely need to avoid any setbacks, if he is going to be able to play.
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (face) will likely resume basketball activities in two weeks, K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports.
Rose suffered a left orbital fracture when he took an elbow to the face in Tuesday's practice, and underwent successful surgery to repair the damage on Wednesday.
Although it's unclear whether or not Rose will become a full participant for the Bulls at any point during the preseason, the two-week timetable has to qualify as a relief for the team, given the point guard's troubling injury history.
There's now plenty of reason for optimism that Rose will be ready to take the floor for the Oct. 27 regular-season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers .
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