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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

Blake Griffin Healing Small Fracture In Back

Blake Griffin withdrew from Team USA's training camp because he was advised by doctors to give more time to heal a small fracture in his back before the NBA season, according to sources.

Griffin is expected to make a full recovery before the Los Angeles Clippers' training camp. He suffered the back injury during the playoffs and doctors advised him to sit out of the international competition.

Griffin and Kevin Love both withdrew from Team USA ahead of training camp on Monday.

Via Ramona Shelburne/ESPN

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Jimmy Butler has withdrawn from USA Basketball training camp with a slight groin injury.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

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.

Rose tore his right meniscus on a seemingly benign backcut last Nov. 21.

“This is the next step,” said Tom Thibodeau. “Derrick has handled every step to this point the right way. The last time he participated in USA Basketball, he followed that with his MVP season (in 2010-11). So we’re hoping he can use this time productively.”

Rose, who also tore his left ACL in the first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs, has appeared in just 50 games over the last three NBA seasons.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Mavericks Void One-Year Deal Of Rashard Lewis

The Dallas Mavericks have voided hte one-year contract of Rashard Lewis.

Lewis needs knee surgery, which was discovered during his physical examination.

"We wish him all the best for a speedy recovery and continued succes," said Donnie Nelson in a statement.

Via Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Andrew Bynum May Sit Out 14-15 Season, Knicks Interested In Him If Healthy

Andrew Bynum is considering sitting out the entire 14-15 NBA season in order to undergo the Regenokine knee therapy procedure.

The non-surgical procedure uses injections to help grow new cartilage, and requires an extra-long rehab.

If Bynum successfully completes the program, he could return in 2015-16, according to his agent David Lee, who said the Knicks potentially would be interested in Bynum.

"If he's healthy, Phil (Jackson) will be interested," Lee told the Post, referring to the Knicks team president who coached Bynum while with the Lakers. "Phil knew how to tap into Andrew. They got along famously."


Perry Jones Out 4-6 Weeks With Knee Surgery

Perry Jones underwent successful arthroscopic knee surgery, the Oklahoma City Thunder announced on Monday.

Jones is expected to miss four to six weeks before returning to normal offseason activities.

Via RealGM Staff Report

Derrick Rose Starts Practice With Bulls' Summer League Team

Derrick Rose started practice with the Chicago Bulls' summer league team on Tuesday before it leaves to Las Vegas.

Rose will not play in the summer league games. He could also participate in Team USA's mini-camp this summer.

The Bulls' summer league team includes Doug McDermott, Tony Snell, Cameron Bairstow and others.

Rose missed most of last season due to a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Via K.C. Johnson/Chicago Tribune

Pierre Jackson Diagnosed With Ruptured Achillies

Pierre Jackson suffered an injury to his right Achillies on Saturday during the Philadelphia 76ers' summer league opener.

The injury is initially diagnosed as a rupture.

Jackson was traded by the New Orleans Pelicans to the 76ers on draft night.

Via Keith Pompey/The Philadelphia Inquirer

Julius Randle Won't Need Foot Surgery

Julius Randle has been cleared to play immediately for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Randle was seen by a foot specialist, which some believed would need surgery following the NBA Draft.

The Lakers selected Randle with the seventh overall pick.

Via Mike Bresnahan/Los Angeles Times

Ginobili Has Stress Fracture In Right Leg

Manu Ginobili was diagnosed with the early stages of a stress fracture in his exit physical with the Spurs.

Patty Mills To Miss Seven Months With Shoulder Surgery

Patty Mills will need to undergo rotator cuff surgery in his right shoulder and is expected to miss up to seven months.
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