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Thibodeau: Rose Has Become More Comfortable All Summer Long

Derrick Rose had seven points, four rebounds and two assists in 24 minutes during USA's 95-78 win over Brazil in an exhibition game at the United Center.

Rose was introduced last and receive a warm welcome from the crowd.

"That was huge. I was surprised I didn't get nervous out there," Rose said.

"All summer long I think he's gotten more comfortable," said Chicago Bulls head coach and U.S. assistant Tom Thibodeau. "He went through the comeback last year and learned a lot from it. I love the way he's playing. He's finding the rhythm of the game and he's playing to his strengths."

 

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Derrick Rose Plans To Reach Out To Paul George During Season

Derrick Rose discussed his wishes to Paul George on Thursday, after the Indiana Pacers' forward suffered a fracture in his leg in Team USA's first exhibition game.

Rose plans to reach out to George during the NBA regular season.

“You wish that on no one,” Rose said. “The only thing we can do is pray for him. During the season, when everything is still going, I'm going to try to hit him up as much as possible and just let him know I'm thinking about him.”

Rose is confident about his own status heading into Day 2 of Team USA's camp in Chicago.

"I have no fears, I have faith,” Rose said. “I know that I'm going to be fine. I know that I busted my ass the entire two summers — you can say two seasons — to get back to where I am right now. Just try to keep it moving, stay positive every day, do everything consistent like I've been doing.

“I think everything will go my way.”

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

National Game Appearances In 14-15 By Team

Here are the number of non-NBATV national games on the schedule for every NBA team:

Atlanta Hawks: 2
Boston Celtics: 1
Brooklyn Nets: 4
Charlotte Hornets: 2
Chicago Bulls: 25
Cleveland Cavaliers: 25
Dallas Mavericks: 11
Denver Nuggets: 5
Detroit Pistons: 2
Golden State Warriors: 19
Houston Rockets: 17
Indiana Pacers: 5
Los Angeles Clippers: 23
Los Angeles Lakers: 20
Memphis Grizzlies: 1
Miami Heat: 16
Milwaukee Bucks: 0
Minnesota Timberwolves: 2
New Orleans Pelicans: 2
New York Knicks: 16
Oklahoma City Thunder: 25
Orlando Magic: 0
Philadelphia 76ers: 0
Phoenix Suns: 10
Portland Trail Blazers: 16
Sacramento Kings: 3
San Antonio Spurs: 19
Toronto Raptors: 4
Utah Jazz: 1
Washington Wizards: 10

Via RealGM Staff Report

Reinsdorf Moves On From Reports Of Friction Between Rose, Bulls

Jerry Reinsdorf joined 670 AM in Chicago to discuss his reaction to a report of friction between Derrick Rose's inner circle and the Chicago Bulls.

"The article infuriated me," Reinsdorf said. "I put out a statement and said what I felt I had to say.

"Derrick backed up what I said in his interview. Now we just move on."

Rose spoke to ESPN on Friday and shot down notions of ill feelings between the two sides.

The Chicago Sun-Times Thursday quoted Rose acknowledging a rift between his camp and the Bulls organization.

Via Blake Schuster/Chicago Tribune

Timberwolves Expect To Execute Kevin Love Deal By Aug. 23-24

The Minnesota Timberwolves expect to trade Kevin Love by Aug. 23 or Aug. 24.

"I'm saying it's most likely because Kevin has made it pretty clear that that's what he wants to do," Wolves owner Glen Taylor said.

Taylor still prefers for the Timberwolves to keep Love. The August date is when Andrew Wiggins can officially be traded.

The Cleveland Cavaliers remain the strong bet for Love, but the Timberwolves are also listening to offers from the Chicago Bulls and Golden State Warriors. The Philadelphia 76ers are expected to be part of any three-team deal involving Love.

"I think when you move somebody like Kevin, who's been an all-star, that you've got to get a number of players on your team that have the potential of replacing him," Taylor said. "Flip (Saunders, Wolves president) has looked at this team and offensively, he's got a pretty good team. Defensively, it's got to be better, so I think that's where some of the areas will be replaced."

Via Charley Walters/Pioneer Press

Derrick Rose Acknowledges Rift Between His Camp, Bulls; Jerry Reinsdorf Refutes Report

Jerry Reinsdorf issued a statement on Thursday to address a Sun-Times story about issues in the Chicago Bulls' relationship with Derrick Rose's camp.

“I am confounded by the irresponsible report in the Chicago Sun-Times suggesting there is anything approaching discord or confusion between the Bulls executive office, coaching staff, and Derrick Rose or any other Bulls player,” Reinsdorf said. “To the contrary, I can remember no time when the organization has been any more focused, optimistic, and cohesive. I’ve got to assume suggestions otherwise are intended to undermine the goals and objectives, spirit, and reputation of the Chicago Bulls. I am deeply disappointed that unnamed sources and totally inaccurate statements and assumptions can be used to foment nonexistent friction. The report is totally without basis or fact. It is pure malicious fiction.”

In the Sun-Times story, Rose acknowledged a growing rift between his camp and the Bulls' organization. The report also cited sources about the Bulls' displeasure with Rose's lack of participation in the recruitment of Carmelo Anthony, as well as Rose's camp possibly leaking an ESPN story on his involvement.

“I know it’s been there,’’ Rose said of tension between the Bulls and his camp, according to the report. “I heard there were some upset people.

“I’m happy I didn’t personally see it. I don’t want to see that. I kind of wonder where it was coming from because it seemed like whenever I was around, everything was all right. It bothered me because when I wasn’t around, I would hear from certain people that everything wasn’t all right.’’

Multiple sources told the Sun-Times that tension was mounting because Rose allowed his camp to take shots at the franchise

Rose also praised the Bulls' addition of Pau Gasol.

“[Gasol is] someone that I knew I could play with,’’ Rose said. “You think about Pau, him now being in the East, what he’ll be able to achieve with the way we play, the way we dump the ball in the post a lot. It could be great.’’

Rose's agent, B.J. Armstrong, also commented about the apparent tension.

“No one does interviews," Armstrong said. "No one talks. Derrick speaks to you [media] guys, and that’s it. There’s nothing to discuss. If there is something going on, there’s two people: You can get it from [chairman] Jerry Reinsdorf or you can get it from Derrick Rose. There’s nothing else to talk about.’

“You’re talking about rumors. I see Jerry 50 times a year. If I ask Jerry Reinsdorf right now how the relationship is, that’s all I care about.’’

Via Joe Cowley/Chicago Sun-Times

Wolves Narrow Kevin Love Trade Talks Down To Cavaliers

The Minnesota Timberwolves are currently engaged in serious Kevin Love talks with only the Cleveland Cavaliers.

The Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls have previously been in touch with the Wolves on a trade, but their respective offers aren't as competitive.

The Bulls are pessimistic about their chances and aren't inclined to significantly alter the construction of their team.

Andrew Wiggins is not eligible to be dealt until Aug. 23 after signing his rookie contract last week, but numerous league insiders expect a trade to be a matter of when instead of if.

Via Marc Stein, Brian Windhorst/ESPN

Bulls Not Aggressively Pursuing Kevin Love Deal, Have Made No Formal Offers

Sources continue to indicate that the Chicago Bulls are not aggressively pursuing a trade for Kevin Love and have made no formal offers.

The Bulls were rumored to have made an offer of Taj Gibson, Nikola Mirotic and Doug McDermott to the Minnesota Timberwolves.

McDermott is participating in Team USA's mini-camp for the second straight year.

This is a great experience," McDermott said. "Being a college guy last year, I don't think people knew who I was or that I was a shooter so I was getting a lot of open looks and I hit a lot of shots. This year, guys are a lot more physical with me. But I think I'm doing a better job of rebounding and defending and making reads off screens.

"Everyone is so good here and the game is so physical. I can learn a lot from all of them."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Derrick Rose Wanted To Prove People Wrong 'Too Bad' In First Return

Derrick Rose admitted he wanted to prove doubters wrong in his return from a torn ACL last season. One month into the season, Rose then suffered a torn ligament in his right knee.

"Coming back last season, of course I wanted to prove everybody wrong," Rose said. "I wanted it too, too bad. This time around, I just know that I've got to let the game come to me. Go out there and just play."

Rose is participating in Team USA's training camp in Las Vegas, which began on Monday.

"I've been preparing for this for a long time," he said. "It's probably big for everyone else because they haven't seen me. It's kind of weird. People are kind of like in awe to even see me run down the floor, like I'm handicapped or something.

"This is only the beginning of a long journey. But my confidence level is through the roof. I know how special I am as a player," he said. "And I know what I still can do."

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Jimmy Butler Withdraws From USA Camp With Groin Injury

Jimmy Butler has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp with a slight groin injury.

Butler is entering his fourth NBA season with the Chicago Bulls and is now eligible for a contract extension.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Chicago Bulls Archives

Thibodeau: USA Minicamp 'Next Step' In Rose's Rehab Process

Derrick Rose is participating in USA Basketball's five-day minicamp in Las Vegas as he takes the next step in his rehab process.

Carmelo Struggled To Choose Between Knicks, Bulls

Carmelo Anthony believes the Knicks aren't too far away from becoming a contender.

Cavaliers Remain In Lead For Kevin Love

Wolves' owner Glen Taylor is now believed to prefer Andrew Wiggins over Klay Thompson.

Report: Bulls Offer Gibson, McDermott, Mirotic To Wolves For Kevin Love

The Bulls have reportedly offered Taj Gibson, Doug McDermott and Nikola Mirotic to the Wolves for Kevin Love.

Bulls Enter Kevin Love Trade Talks

The Bulls shelved their interest in Love while pursuing Carmelo Anthony.

Bulls Sign Cameron Bairstow

The Bulls have signed Cameron Bairstow, their second round pick out of New Mexico.

Pau Gasol Prioritized Chance To Win Title In Picking Bulls

At the age of 34, Pau Gasol finally joined the Bulls on a three-year, $22 million deal.

Aaron Brooks Close To Deal With Bulls

Aaron Brooks played for the Rockets and Nuggets last season.

Bulls Sign Nikola Mirotic To Three-Year, $16.6M Deal

Nikola Mirotic has signed a three-year, $16.6 million deal with the Bulls.

Lakers Win Bid For Carlos Boozer

The Lakers won the bid of $3.25 million to acquire Carlos Boozer.

Bulls Use Amnesty Provision On Carlos Boozer

The Bulls have used their amnesty provision upon Carlos Boozer.

Bulls To Trade Anthony Randolph, Two 2nd Rounders To Magic To Clear Cap Space

The Bulls are trying to fit in Pau Gasol and Nikola Mirotic into their salary cap.

Kirk Hinrich Agrees To Re-Sign With Bulls

Kirk Hinrich is expected to sign for more than the veteran's minimum, with the Bulls having the "room exception" of $2.7 million available.

Pau Gasol Finalizing Three-Year, $22M Deal With Bulls

Pau Gasol and the Bulls are finalizing a three-year, $22 million deal.

Nikola Mirotic To Sign With Bulls On Three-Year, $17M+ Deal

Nikola Mirotic was the 23rd overall pick of the 2011 NBA Draft and has been with Real Madrid since 2008.

Pau Gasol To Sign With Bulls, Boozer Most Likely To Be Amnestied

The Bulls and Lakers were unable to agree upon terms for a Pau Gasol sign-and-trade.

Pau Gasol Working Toward Agreement With Bulls

Pau Gasol had narrowed his choices to the Bulls and Spurs.

Bulls, Spurs Most Likely To Acquire Pau Gasol

The Lakers, Thunder and Knicks are almost certainly out of contention to acquire Pau Gasol.

Bulls Interested In Dwyane Wade

The future of Dwyane Wade is unclear following the departure of LeBron James.

Carmelo Anthony Not Expected To Make Decision On Friday

Carmelo Anthony is still deciding between the Knicks, Bulls and Lakers.
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