Conflicting reports on Derrick Rose playing in the Philippines

Is Bulls star, league MVP Derrick Rose playing in the Philippines with fellow NBA players -- including L.A. Lakers' Kobe Bryant -- or not?

It depends on who you ask at this point.

Last week, InterAksyon.com reported that Rose will participate in a couple of exhibition games in the Philippines.

However, that report was squashed when a spokesperson from Wasserman Media Group, the agency that represents Rose, told Sporting News: “Derrick was never scheduled to play.”

That settled that, or so we thought.

Over the weekend, MVP Sports Foundation president Al Panlilio confirmed InterAksyon.com's report, telling the Philippine Daily Inquirer: “There’s just one detail we’re trying to fix but he’s (Rose) okay."

Here's another twist: Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant, who reportedly wasn't going to participate in the "Ultimate All-Star Weekend," will, indeed, join Rose and company.

Said Chot Reyes, Talk ‘N Text coach and executive director of the MVP Sports Foundation: “Kevin Durant is replacing DeAndre Jordan in the Smart Ultimate Weekend."

All of this -- Rose, Bryant, Durant and Chris Paul playing on the same team -- seems too good to be true. Here's betting the Sporting News' report is right on.

If the pair of exhibition games do take place as reported, they will be this weekend at the Araneta Coliseum, just outside of Manila.

Bulls to open up season in Dallas: According to ESPN's Marc Stein, the Bulls will open up their season on the road against the Dallas Mavericks -- who will raise their championship banner and receive their title rings, unless owner Mark Cuban has another idea in place of rings -- on NBA's opening night, November 1.

Because of the severity of the NBA lockout, the chances the season will open up as tentatively scheduled is slim, meaning the Bulls/Mavs showdown will more than likely be erased.

In other schedule-related news, the Mavs and Miami Heat are scheduled to face off on Christmas Day in an NBA Finals rematch. Of course, this tilt could very well be eliminated due to the NBA lockout. The last lockout -- during the 1998-99 season -- lasted until January 6. And this time around, it apparently could be worse.

If the NBA lockout is settled in time for opening night, it will be consecutive seasons the Bulls opened up their season on the road. Last season, the Bulls fell in Oklahoma City 106-95 in the season opener.

The remainder of the NBA schedule will be announced Tuesday.

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