Rose admits minutes will be limited [rut roh!]

As reported by K.C. Johnson:

"It's going to be tough, I'll tell you that," Rose said. "I'm like an
old man. I gotta wait 20, 30 minutes into practice to get loosened up.
And it gets stiff when I stop playing."

Pressed on how many minutes he thought would be realistic, Rose backtracked a bit into vagueness.

"At least 20," he said. "I just want to play more. I don't care if it's
5 or 10. I just want to be out there. It's up to (the medical staff).
Right now, I'll play whatever minutes they want me to play."

Vinny goes on to call Rose's healing a process (Vinny, use the phrase process?  No way!).

Well, I called my fear about Rose's ankle irrational when it happened, but it certainly looks like there's more to worry about than we thought.  It doesn't seem like a mountain at this point, after all, Rose is practicing and will play.

However, it's a little scary that he's been out for almost four weeks and still isn't pain free.  It makes you wonder when he'll be 100% and if playing will make it worse.  If this becomes a season lingering injury (yes, uncalled for extrapolation) then it could spell disaster.

Still, for the moment, it's best to treat it for what it is.  An injury that isn't severe enough to keep him off the court.   Let's just cross our fingers and toes on this one just in case.

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  • This one of those times I thank God for the existence of Kirk Hinrich, most teams would be absolutely screwed by this but we will be able to compete with Kirk running the ship.

  • The Bulls should let Rose get 100% well and in shape before he gets on the floor, why take risks with such a key player.

    I can't wait to see the over paid over rated slow career streak shooter Hinrich, circle dribble while he eats the shot clock and kills the offense! Now Hinrich can pass the the ball to Pargo with 3 seconds on the clock, let's see how that works out??????????

  • Meh, it's October. I'm not too worried about him, even though this kinda sucks.

  • FYI:

    I'm not sure this is true or not, but I just heard a report online that Tim Duncan has the flu and there is change he will be missing San Antonio's first two games. One of those games is against the Bulls on Thursday.

    Did anybody else hear this?

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    correction:

    I said "change", but I meant chance.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    I'm checking the local San Antonio newspapers and radio stations and nothing has turned up about Duncan having the flu. It's looking like somebody posted some bogus information online. Go figure.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Doug,

    Speaking of Bulls PGs, do you know or have you heard anything about possibly hanging up the late Norm Van Lier's jersey in the rafters this season? Its way overdue and I'm sure we've all heard how it bothered him before he passed away. Besides the guys currently hanging up there, I can't think of any player that deserves that honor more than him.

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    Alex really needs something new to say about Kirk....

  • In reply to MrHappy:

    The fact that it has lingered all preseason, and that Rose himself says that he feels like an old man virtually guarantees that this injury will plague Rose all season.

    Rose will either be hampered by it, or he will be forced to shut it down for a period of time. This is starting to feel a bit like the Deng injury of last season.

    I was worried the minute that I heard that he had blood and other fluids in and around the Achilles tendon.

    Of course, this gives Vinnie a built in excuse all season.

    Although Rose was fairly durable as a rookie, he always seemed to be on the verge of an injury. I was worried about his long term durability last season, this only makes my worry more justified.

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