Bulls rookie Rose injures hip in preseason finale

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose, the former Memphis star selected first overall in the NBA draft, left the Chicago Bulls' exhibition finale against Milwaukee because of a hip injury Friday night.

Rose sustained a right hip flexor injury midway through the first quarter. He left the United Center court and did not return to action.

The guard was on the bench in the second half, but is expected to play Tuesday night in the
regular-season opener. He was hurt driving for a layup.

"It's not a big deal at all," said Rose. "I could have played in the
second half, but they told me to sit down."

Coach Vinny Del Negro decided to be cautious.

"[Rose] wanted to go back in," Del Negro said. "But there's
no sense taking a risk there. We got him some rest. He'll be

The Bulls' No. 2 leading scorer in seven exhibition games with a 14.9 average, Rose started his sixth game for Chicago and scored seven points before leaving with 6:41 left in the first quarter.

Guard Kirk Hinrich replaced Rose and scored 11 points through the balance of the quarter as Chicago jumped to a 35-16 lead.

Three other Chicago players were out with injuries Friday, including leading scorer Ben Gordon (jammed left big toe), guard Larry Hughes (dislocated shoulder) and forward Luol Deng (sore right toe). Forward Tyrus Thomas (sore right ankle) played Friday.

The Bulls and Bucks will meet again Tuesday night at the United Center in the regular-season opener.