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Rose keeping an eye on Knicks' Lin

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose knows a thing or two about sound point-guard play.

The league's reigning MVP has been watching New York Knicks' guard Jeremy Lin put up big numbers from afar, and he's impressed.

"Jeremy, he’s playing, man," Rose said. "He’s playing well and with a lot of confidence. Like I always say, that’s all you need in this league is confidence. He definitely has that. His teammates believe in him and I like him as a player.”

Having been stuck on the bench for the past two games because of back spasms, Rose has also seen certain things about his own team that have caught his eye.

“I see that we play hard," he said. "When you sit out, you see a lot of things that you don’t see [when you’re playing]. Seeing the Boston game, if I was playing in the game, I thought we would have been playing hard too. But sitting out, our energy wasn’t there. We needed someone to feed off of. Don’t get me wrong, they were playing kind of hard but we needed someone to give us a little bit of energy. That’s something we didn’t have last game.”

So when will Rose be back on the floor?

“I can’t give you a certain date or let you know when I’m going to be back," he said. "But it should be shortly.”