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Kerr says Bulls should ask Rose to play

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  • Former Bull and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr believes the Bulls should go to Derrick Rose and ask him to play about 25 minutes in Game 6 against the Nets.

      Former Bull and current TNT analyst Steve Kerr believes the Bulls should go to Derrick Rose and ask him to play about 25 minutes in Game 6 against the Nets.
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Former Bulls guard, turned TNT analyst, Steve Kerr thinks Derrick Rose should return to game action if he's healthy enough.

"I think the Bulls have handled it the right way," Kerr said during an appearance on ESPN Radio. "Err on the side of caution, tell him, 'Hey look, when you're ready, you come back.'

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"But I wouldn't hesitate to go to him today and say, 'Here's the deal. We're not going to say anything publicly. But we need you. Kirk (Hinrich) is out. We need 25 minutes. We've seen you. We've cleared you two months ago. If you're not comfortable, then that's fine, and we won't mention one word. We'll continue to go the path we've gone. But we need you.'"

Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Rose tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. He had surgery on May 12, 2012 and Dr. Brian Cole assessed the recovery time at 9-12 months.

Nets self-motivated:

Brooklyn's Deron Williams downplayed the use of a Chicago reporter's comments to fire up the Nets.

According to the New York Daily News, Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo showed the team a halftime interview during Game 4, where a Sun-Times reporter claimed the Bulls think the Nets are "gutless" and "heartless."

"We didn't need (to watch the video)," Williams said. "P.J. wanted us to watch it, and we were sitting in there after it was over like, 'That's it?' What are we supposed to do now, like, 'Ahhhh, we're mad.'

"That stuff doesn't mean anything. We wanted to win the game for us and for our fans and for a chance to extend our season. We didn't want to go fishing. We didn't want to be on TNT with the hats on, and (Charles Barkley) talking about it."

Game 6 history:

The Bulls have been in this position three times in franchise history -- leading 3-2 in a playoff series with Game 6 at home. They are 2-1 in those situations. They beat New York in 1989 and 1993, but lost to Golden State in the 1975 Western Conference finals.

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