Despite sitting out the morning shootaround with neck soreness, Derrick Rose said he will play tonight when the Bulls take on the visiting New York Knicks.
He isn’t sure when he suffered the soreness but let on that it probably occurred during Tuesday’s season-opening loss in Miami. Rose said the soreness didn’t present itself until later on and also revealed that he sat out Wednesday’s practice, which consisted of just film, a walkthrough and individual shooting.
Rose said he will be getting treatment throughout the day leading up until the game.
“It’s just playing again,” Rose told reporters after practices wrapped up. “I never play pick up in the offseason. For me to have surgery (on left knee) and still not play pickup; my body is just getting used to. For me, all I can do is work my butt off every day and get the most out of every day and just see how far it takes me.”
The Bulls are hoping to bounce back against an embarrassing performance against the defending champs on Tuesday.
The starting five of Rose, Jimmy Butler, Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah never got a chance to get fully acclimated to one another in game situations during the preseason due to injuries to both Noah and Butler. That much was evident against the Heat’s aggressive defense.
The Knicks are on the second night of a back-to-back, having defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 90-83 on the road in their season opener on Wednesday.