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Derrick Rose says stretching is key to staying healthy

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  • Derrick Rose, center, was a spectator in the Bulls' 121-115 win over the Kings at the United Center. Rose insists that his back spasms won't persist.

      Derrick Rose, center, was a spectator in the Bulls' 121-115 win over the Kings at the United Center. Rose insists that his back spasms won't persist.
    Associated Press

  • The Kings' John Salmons blocks a shot from the Bulls' Luol Deng on Tuesday at the United Center.

      The Kings' John Salmons blocks a shot from the Bulls' Luol Deng on Tuesday at the United Center.
    Associated Press

 
 

After visiting a chiropractor Monday, Derrick Rose feels confident his back spasms won't be a lingering concern this season.

"Stretching more, that's the biggest thing," Rose said before Tuesday's game against Sacramento. "I thought that just coming in before every game and getting stretched a little bit was going to do it. For someone that's not flexible -- I'm not flexible at all -- I see that I have to get more stretching done. Before the game, after the game, in practice -- I've always got to find a way to make sure my body's good."

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Asked if doctors talked about using a cortisone shot or something similar to ease the pain, Rose said it was discussed.

"That came up, but I'm scared of shots, so there's no way I could have done that," he said. "Thank God I didn't have to go through that."

Rose also hasn't considered skipping the Feb. 26 All-Star Game, saying it's too far in the future.

Bulls re-sign James:

After getting cut by the Bulls on Jan. 28, veteran guard Mike James did something not many players his age would do: He went back to playing for the Erie (Pa.) Bayhawks in the D-League.

His perseverance paid off in a 10-day contract from the Bulls. James, 36, was back in uniform during Tuesday's game against Sacramento, but did not play.

"You know, Paul says it best in the New Testament," James said. "He says, 'I'm content in any situation I'm in, whether I'm high or whether I'm low, I learn to be content and I learn to be thankful.' So situations don't make me. I enjoy this game. I love playing this game. So I wanted to continue to keep playing and just stay game-ready.

"Yeah, the buses are hard, all the other things. At the same time, you can't substitute the game, so I enjoyed all that."

James produced 25.5 points, 5.5 assists and shot 50 percent from the field in four games during his most recent D-League stint.

Linsanity claims James:

There was a story going around that New York was about to make a roster move and sign Mike James a couple weeks ago. But then the Knicks gave Jeremy Lin a start and a legend was born.

It's all true, James said. He was sitting in Erie, Pa., waiting for the plane ticket to arrive when an NBA tall tale developed instead.

"Yeah, Linsanity happened," James said. "But you know, he took advantage of his opportunity. That's a testament to him. Jeremy Lin started hooping and started playing at a high level. You've definitely got to respect what he's doing out there."

Bull horns:

Bulls guard Richard Hamilton turned 34 on Tuesday. ... Sacramento rookie Jimmer Fredette did not play because of a stomach ailment. ... Ex-Bulls forward John Salmons has started 27 games for the Kings, but is averaging just 7.5 points. He hit 1-of-8 shots for 3 points Tuesday.

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