GREEN BAY, Wis. - Derrick Rose missed his second straight preseason game Saturday with a sore right ankle, and he may not be back anytime soon.
Sitting next to Rose at his locker before the game was a walking boot, which he acquired after the Bulls returned from London this week.
going to take awhile, but I'm being patient with it and just hoping and
praying I can do something to make it better," Rose said before a 98-86
loss to the Milwaukee Bucks. "It's a tendon that runs behind the bone in my ankle. There's fluid in my ankle, so I'm just waiting for that to leave."
hasn't been doing any running or jogging on his injured leg this week
and said he has kept the foot elevated at night. The second-year guard
turned the ankle in the Oct. 2 game at Indiana but kept playing.
"I just wanted to win the game," he said. "I knew it was something serious when later on that night I really couldn't walk."
Sure, you never want to panic about preseason injuries that are listed as day to day, but when phrases like "walking boot" and "couldn't walk" are thrown out there, it gives you at least some pause.
I suppose it's because a torn achilles can be a career ender, and Rose injuried his achilles that I have a panic reflex even though I know he didn't tear it. It's just negative word association, but for some completely non-logical reason, it still makes me queasy.