Mrs. Rose would be in harm's way on the court

 
 
Posted10/2/2013 7:26 PM
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  • The Bulls' Derrick Rose said, "I'm a guy where whoever's on the court, I'm going to go at them. "If it's my teammates ... it could be my mom on the court. She's going to get killed. I'm just trying to build that mentality where I don't care who's out there. I'm going to play the same way."

    The Bulls' Derrick Rose said, "I'm a guy where whoever's on the court, I'm going to go at them. "If it's my teammates ... it could be my mom on the court. She's going to get killed. I'm just trying to build that mentality where I don't care who's out there. I'm going to play the same way." Associated Press

The latest revelation shared by Derrick Rose is that he would run over his own mother to get to the hoop.

This came about when Rose was asked Wednesday if he's anxious for Saturday's preseason opener at Indiana, since it will be his first actual game since suffering a torn ACL, not just a training camp scrimmage.

"I'm a guy where whoever's on the court, I'm going to go at them," Rose answered. "If it's my teammates ... it could be my mom on the court. She's going to get killed. I'm just trying to build that mentality where I don't care who's out there. I'm going to play the same way."

It probably goes without saying that Rose would help his mom back to her feet if he did have to knock her over. More likely, Brenda would have the good sense to get out of the way and avoid contact.

Rose doesn't mind rest:

The Bulls held Derrick Rose out of practice Monday, then took Tuesday off. The plan he shared at media day was to take no practices off, but he was OK with this move.

"I don't fight it. I know that's for my health," Rose said. "I know that's going to better me as a player and really get me rest. Today we went really hard at it in practice. Scrimmaged two times.

"I felt good. Now do the ice tub and just get a massage and hopefully I'll feel all right by tomorrow. I've been feeling great. Other than fatigue, I haven't had any problems."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau explained why he moved Wednesday's scheduled day off 24 hours sooner.

"After the end of our fifth practice, I just thought we had heavy legs. I could see it," Thibodeau said. "So I thought we'll just go back to what we normally do."

One-on-one vs. MJ:

When Michael Jordan shared a list of players he'd like to face 1-on-1, he didn't mention Derrick Rose.

Did it bother him?

"No, I'm good. I'm good," Rose quickly responded.

He did imagine what a 2013 Rose vs. 1991 Jordan game would be like.

"Against Mike? I don't know. I'm a guy where, if he was going to win the game, he for sure was going to (feel) beat up after the game," Rose said. "So it would be a hard-played game, even if he was going to post me up the whole time or whatever. I was going to foul him the whole game."

Bull horns:

The Bulls released two players, Kalin Lucas and Patrick Christopher, on Wednesday, dropping the roster to 16. ... Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah sat out Wednesday's practice with general soreness. "At this time of the year, we just want to make sure all the nicks are taken care of," coach Tom Thibodeau said.

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