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Derrick Rose return: knee soreness forces preseason absence

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Alexandre Loureiro

[Update by your friendly BullsBlogger, 10/15/13 9:17 AM CDT: Rose and Noah practiced Monday, hooray!

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet"><p>Thibodeau said DRose and Noah practiced fully. At this point, expects them to play Wednesday.</p>&mdash; K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) <a href="https://twitter.com/KCJHoop/statuses/389867372242558976">October 14, 2013</a></blockquote>
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PRE-season, right? Plus, if you didn't expect some setbacks in what is the final stage of recovery, then, um...you're going against expert medical consensus.

KC Johnson has the full report from Brazil (the Bulls played a preseason game there and won, btw), where everyone got a chance to speak on the matter.

Gar!

If there’s soreness, then we’re going to rest. Any time you’re dealing with any type of injury or soreness you’re concerned. But it’s not a major red flag or huge concern.

Pax!

We know in this day and age that people are going to come up with some theory [classic Pax, what a redass -yfbb]. It is minor knee soreness and we’re going to let him work through this the next day or two. That’s it.

Thibs!

The big thing is to get him back to being 100 percent healthy. At this point (of camp), there’s overall soreness too. After the games, he has felt good. We wanted to be careful with how many days in a row he was going to go.

Rose!

I’m good. I could’ve played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. I can’t complain about it....You wouldn’t expect it to happen. But when it does happen, you can’t be down on it. I know that it’s feeling better day-by-day. I’m just trying to stay positive.

OK, so maybe Rose himself weirdly didn't expect it to happen, but we should have.

And, of course, it must be mentioned that the Bulls from owner to player are filthy liars (or when at their best, merely habitual truth-concealers). Thus, while we can be relatively at peace if this is just knee soreness, there's no guarantee that it's all it is. But it probably is. Probably.

There's a lot more at the Trib from everyone (and video of Rose), you can try and figure it out but they're getting quite good at this kind of debriefing, unfortunately. The Bulls are scheduled to practice Monday.