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Rose tells fans, "I'm going to be all right"

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--The Bulls are expected to sign G Nate Robinson, SI.com reported July 30.

Robinson's agent, Aaron Goodwin, told SI.com the deal would be finalized unless something unforeseen occurs and will pay Robinson the veteran's minimum, which is $1.2 million.

Robinson will join Kirk Hinrich in the Bulls' backcourt, as the Bulls try to put together some offensive punch until Derrick Rose returns from a knee injury.

Robinson averaged 11.2 points and 4.5 assists in 51 games, including nine starts, for Golden State last season.

--Guard Derrick Rose has kept quiet and stayed out of sight since having surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. He finally sent a message to fans through a video posted on the Internet.

"Hopefully you'll see me back out there," Rose said in the video. "My biggest concern is don't worry about me. I know I'm going to be all right. I know that I'm healthy, I'm positive. I believe in God, so I should be back there on the court soon, and I hope that you support not only me but the Bulls."

Rose's older brother Reggie and the Bulls team doctor, Brian Cole, have both suggested Rose's rehabilitation is ahead of schedule.

--Kirk Hinrich was one of the most popular Bulls players for seven years. He was traded to Washington on draft night 2010 in what amounted to a salary dump so the team could open enough room under the salary cap to chase LeBron James and another major player in free agency.

James didn't pan out, obviously, and on July 23, Hinrich officially returned to the Bulls by signing a two-year deal. He's still the franchise leader in 3-point baskets and is expected to fill in at point guard while Derrick Rose recovers from knee surgery.

"It's a little weird being back because I didn't know at the time if I would be back," he said. "So it's a little but strange, but I think it's a great fit and I'm looking forward to working with all the guys."

QUOTE TO NOTE
"Obviously, we've lost some pieces. We've added some pieces. It's exciting. We've gone through a little bit of adversity, but I think we're a team full of fighters. That's what I love about Chicago, about the Bulls." -- Center Joakim Noah, sizing up the state of the Bulls.

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