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nba rumors Its happened yet again. Another serious injury to Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. Rose reported to the team today with right knee pain. An exam and subsequent MRI revealed that he has suffered a medial meniscus tear of the right knee. Inside Hoops

Its looking more and more as if Derrick Roses body wasnt built for the NBA, or maybe more to the point, that his knees werent built for the torque his explosive style of basketball puts on them. His spirit is most definitely willing, but that flesh of his is weak. The Bulls announced Tuesday night that their star guard would undergo surgery for a torn meniscus in his right knee. It will be his third knee surgery in almost 34 months, and his entire career is now in question. If youre someone who relies on your knees for a living, you dont go under the knife that many times and not feel the effects of it long-term. Chicago Sun-Times

Its not his fault he signed a five-year, $95 million contract extension in 2012, nor is it the Bulls fault for giving it to him. Sometimes things happen. After winning the NBAs MVP award in the 2010-11 season, he looked to be on his way to a transcendent career. Chicago Sun-Times

nba rumors Kobe Bryant struck down an issue with as much fierce and precision as one of the many times he has scored against his opponent. The whole idea on whether Bryant will definitely retire before or after his contract worth $25 million expires next season. Theyre ready to put me in my grave, man, Bryant joked Monday night on Jimmy Kimmel Live. Im just trying to come back from this injury. I take things a day at a time. This is a huge challenge I have in front of me right now. I just want to come back from that. LA Daily News Blog

I dont want to play through a year where everybody knows youre retiring and they give you the old swan song, Bryant said. I hate that. I want to play the way Ive been playing over the last 19 years. I want to have the same experiences that Ive had. If you want to boo, boo. If you want to heckle, heckle. Those are things Ill never forget. LA Daily News Blog

Kobe Bryant demanded a trade from the Lakers back in 2007, but ultimately a deal was not struck, and the team went on to win two additional titles with Bryant as NBA Finals MVP. LA Times

Where did Bryant want to go in trade? "Chicago was my No. 1 choice," said Bryant on Sunday, via "Grantland Basketball Hour." LA Times

The All-Star guard also confirmed he scuttled a trade the Lakers proposed that would have sent him to the Detroit Pistons. "That is true," said Bryant, who said the potential deal included Richard "Rip" Hamilton, Tayshaun Prince and draft picks. LA Times

The Lakers did have conversations with the Bulls, but a prospective deal was believed to have gotten hung up on the inclusion of forward Luol Deng, now with the Miami Heat. LA Times

On Chris Bosh: "We've all had a chance to see C.B.," Spoelstra said. "We'd like to be there every day for him. We view him . . . it's different. There's so much change in pro sports that you only view it as a business, but obviously with C.B. you view him as a family member, literally like a brother. "But we understand we still have a task at hand. We have a job to do and that means we're on the road." Asked if Bosh soon could be back on the bench at home games, Spoelstra said, "It'll be up to the next step when we get to there." South Florida Sun-Sentinel

During NBA All-Star Weekend in New York, the NBPA held its annual meeting -- the first with Roberts as executive director. After the closed-door session, Paul, who is president of the NBPA, said the following: "It was great to have the dialogue, the feedback, from all the players giving their insight and ideas, not only about the things that have happened over the course of the season, but for the future, too. Over the summer, we were fortunate enough to select the lovely Miss Michele Roberts. It's been amazing. Her foresight for the union has been tremendous." ESPN W

What about the length of the season -- is 82 games too many? "The schedule is ridiculous. Now I know that decreasing the number of games decreases potential revenue, but if, at the end of the day, players are too tired or too injured to play, how does that affect the game?" (Bass said the NBA has no plans to shorten the season and that it has responded to wear-and-tear issues by lengthening the All-Star break and has made it a priority to dramatically reduce back-to-back games, as well as four games in five nights.) ESPN W

Would the players support changing the playoff structure, allowing the best 16 teams to make the postseason instead of eight each from the East and West? "This is from very informal conversations, but no player has had a problem with that at all," she said. "These guys are really competitive and they really believe the best players should be in front of the fans. And while it's cool for some weaker team in the East to say, 'We made the playoffs,' at the end of the day, these guys all want to see competitive basketball." ESPN W

nba rumors When Victor Claver needed advice about life in the NBA, one of the people he turned to was his friend, Marc Gasol. Claver, the now ex-Blazer who was part of the five-player trade that landed him in Denver, is still in the Portland area after being waived from the Nuggets on Sunday. Gasol said he had dinner with Claver the night before he helped the Memphis Grizzlies defeat the Blazers, 98-92. CSNNW

At that dinner Saturday night, Gasol gave Claver some more advice: continue to go for it. Thats my mentally for any situation in life, said Gasol, who finished with 21 points, six rebounds and four assists Sunday night. Its always been the same and I told him the same thing. Any challenge that you go through in your professional life, its tough, but you got to stick to your principles and go back to work and do the things you believe can get you to where you belong. CSNNW

To attract entries, charity poker tournaments often are low-stakes affairs. But an event Sunday for the Galbut Family Miami Beach Jewish Community Center carries a $10,000 buy-in. The tournament will begin 6 p.m. Sunday, and its easily the highest-stakes charity event ever at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood. Guest players include Heat legends Alonzo Mourning and Dwyane Wade, who also will be at a 5 p.m. reception, as well as Miami Heat dancers. South Florida Sun Sentinel

An L.A. mansion owned by former NBA player Earl Watson was robbed Monday night by at least 4 men in ski masks -- who handcuffed the occupants and ransacked the place. While 35-year-old Watson owns the $4 million Encino home, he currently rents it out to a local elderly couple. Officials say the men -- at least one of whom had a gun -- broke in through a back door and once inside, they handcuffed the couple and stole various items ... including cash. TMZ


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