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nba rumors Unfortunately for the Bulls, they are well-versed in dealing with a Derrick Rose knee injury. So they reacted to Rose's second right medial meniscus tear the way one might predict — with initial shock and then, quickly, empathy and resolve. Chicago Tribune

An official timeline for Rose's return won't be known until Cole performs the surgery, but multiple sources expressed strong belief that this tear isn't as significant as the one Rose had in November 2013. Sources added the expectation is that this procedure will remove a small cartilage tear, suggesting a shorter rehabilitation period. Chicago Tribune

Two other sources said Rose was told after the initial surgery a future tear was possible, if not likely, and that a second procedure typically involves "cutting" or "snipping" the damage. That generally involves a rehabilitation of three to eight weeks. Chicago Tribune

"As you can imagine, it's not an easy thing because of how everyone feels about him, who he is," Thibodeau said. "But our reality is the games are going to keep coming, and we've been through it before. The thing that I think makes our team special is how they care about each other. We'll have a spirit about us that we're going to have to fight through things, but overall our concern is with Derrick." Chicago Tribune

nba rumors The past three games have not been kind to Spurs point guard Tony Parker. Since a 21-point, 13-assist outing in Thursday’s loss at the Los Angeles Clippers, Parker has gone 3 of 21 from the field, totaling nine points with 10 turnovers. Wednesday in Portland, he missed seven of eight shots and finished with four points in the Spurs’ 111-95 loss to the Trail Blazers. San Antonio Express-News Blog

Tony Parker: “It’s tough right now. It’s tough. Since I’ve been with the Spurs, I’ve never experienced that in a 3-game, 4-game stretch. We’re not making shots. It starts with me. I’m not making shots. Our 3-point shooters are not making shots, and everything is tough. We just have to stay positive. “I was excited after the Clippers game, because you know we lost, but it was a great game, and we were in the whole game and I felt good. Now it’s just struggle time. Sometimes, we’ve been so successful, we just have to stay positive and hope it will turn. But right now, it’s definitely hard right now.” San Antonio Express-News Blog

nba rumors Can Nuggets forward Kenneth Faried be trusted to contribute to the solution, or is the Manimal an overpaid, self-absorbed athlete who represents the problem? Denver needs to trade Faried. As soon as possible. Or sooner, if possible. When the free-falling Nuggets lost 110-96 on Wednesday to the Phoenix Suns, dropping their 17th game in the past 19 outings, Faried was not in uniform. The official reason was a thumb contusion suffered 48 hours earlier against the Brooklyn Nets. Denver Post

While capable of gravity-defying dunks that bring the crowd to its feet, when Faried's feet are on the ground he is a poor defender. His ego bruises far too easily, and his relationship with Shaw appears to be broken on its best day. To quote the blunt truth of the playground, ball don't lie: It is clear NBA players refuse to believe Faried possesses the skills that merit a $12.5 million annual salary. Denver Post

"There are a lot of players out there that feel like they're better than (Faried). There are a lot of players out there that aren't making the kind of money he's making that play that position," [Brian] Shaw said. "When he faces them on a night-in, night-out basis, they're coming after him, because they want to prove to their team if he got this kind of money, they should get that kind of money, too." Denver Post

nba rumors On Rondo: "The incident last night was born in large part from poor communication between him and I, and that’s on both of us,’’ Carlisle said. "We had a long talk about the situation today and we both agreed that we need to communicate more frequently and we need to work on the solution for making his stint as a Dallas Mavericks the most successful one possible." Fort Worth Star-Telegram Blog

Carlisle: "I want to stress and reiterate how important Rajon Rondo is to the Dallas Mavericks. For us to get where we want to get and we strive to get this season, his abilities have to be utilized by us the best possible way. That’s in large part my responsibility and I do not dodge that.’’ Fort Worth Star-Telegram Blog

nba rumors Boston Celtics big man Jared Sullinger said he's unhappy with the way he looks on film and pledged to use his rehab from a left foot fracture and the offseason to transform his body. Sullinger's season ended Sunday when tests determined he has a stress fracture of the fourth metatarsal. "Freak accidents happen. I just have to come back better," Sullinger said. ESPN Boston

Pressed on what he hoped to get out of recovery, Sullinger added: "A little bit of everything -- change the physique, change the way I look. That’s the biggest thing, I think. I’m tired of looking on camera and just seeing how I look, seeing how I play during extended minutes. Conditioning is going to be a big factor. Conditioning is going to be hard because all I can do is ride the bike. We’re going to find ways, we’re going to find ways to get me in the best shape possible." ESPN Boston

Sullinger, who is listed at 6-foot-9, 280 pounds, has battled injuries throughout his playing career. His rookie season ended after 45 games due to a disc issue -- one that caused him to plummet to Boston at No. 21 in the 2012 draft. ESPN Boston

nba rumors A leaking roof at Philips Arena has caused a short delay in the first quarter of the game between the Dallas Mavericks and Atlanta Hawks. The status of Wednesday night's game had been in doubt much of the day due to a winter storm that brought snow to north Georgia. AP

Washington Wizards forward Paul Pierce was a late scratch Wednesday night against the Minnesota Timberwolves because of a bruised knee. Pierce knocked knees with a Golden State defender in the closing seconds of a loss on Tuesday night, but coach Randy Wittman said before the game against the Wolves that he expected his veteran to be available. AP

Michael Carter-Williams moving into the starting lineup allows Kidd to return Jerryd Bayless to a bench role, one he has played so well this season. The Bucks bench unit has slumped recently and was outscored by the Bulls bench, 41-18, in Milwaukee's 87-71 loss in Chicago on Monday. Bayless, Jared Dudley, Zaza Pachulia and newcomers Tyler Ennis and Miles Plumlee form the core of the reserve group, along with Mayo when he is healthy. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Blog

A pair of Tennessee girls’ high school basketball teams have been removed from the postseason and fined $1,500 after both teams attempted to lose the same game. Riverdale High School and Smyrna High School were competing on Saturday in a regional tournament in Rutherford County in the Nashville area. Due to the way the tournament was seeded, the loser of the game would be placed on the other side of the bracket against the defending champions, Blackman High School. QMI Agency

Tampa Bay Rays part-owner Randy Frankel and ComPsych Corp. founder Richard Chaifetz are among the bidders for the National Basketball Association’s Atlanta Hawks, according to two people with direct knowledge of the matter. Some of the bids were for about $900 million, the people said, declining to be specific. Bloomberg

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