According to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune: “The Bulls announced Thursday that Derrick Rose has ‘no significant injury’ to his right hip or lower back after his hard foul in Wednesday’s loss to Orlando. X-rays taken Wednesday night were negative. An MRI taken later Wednesday –after Rose left in the first quarter — showed no significant damage. The Bulls said team physician Brian Cole would re-examine Rose on Saturday in Dallas.”
And relief washes over me in an awesome wave.
Of course, that leads into the next question: Will Rose — the first Bulls player to make the Eastern Conference All-Star team since Michael Jordan did it waaaay back in 1998 — actually play in the All-Star Game? Or defend his Skills Challenge title, for that matter?
It’s still up in the air. But we do know Rose is going to Dallas, and NBA spokesman Tim Frank said there’s no deadline for Rose to decide whether he’ll able to participate: “The guy earned his chance to be here, and we want to give him every chance to play. I wouldn’t say we have a contingency plan, but I’m sure [NBA vice president of basketball operations Stu Jackson] has a list of players who he could replace someone with if someone can’t participate. We’re optimistic he’ll be here.”
Rose was pretty geeked about being named an All-Star. Unless he’s hurt really, really badly — and it doesn’t sound like that’s the case — my guess is he’s going to play.