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Nick Friedell (1:58 PM)
Hello from Brooklyn everybody -- let's get this chat rolling.
I think the season is kind of lost this year. Do you believe, for the sake of next season, the Bulls should shut down Noah, Gibson and Rose permanently? Maybe even Deng too with the wrist issues he had.
Nick Friedell (2:00 PM)
If they don't feel like they are healthy enough to play it's really as simple as that. Thibs talks to his players about the difference between being hurt and injured. If the four players you named don't feel well enough to play they shouldn't play. They are the future of the Bulls organization.
Gee, I wonder how this chat is going to go. Your answers are always so predictable.
Nick Friedell (2:01 PM)
Ha. So are your questions, Ed.
Matt (Long Grove)
Why do you keep saying Rose should sit out simply because the Heat are very good? He needs to get back into rhythm and the only way he can ever trust his knee again is if he plays in real games. At this point, waiting an extra 6 months doesn't change his situation at all, so why are you defending him and even saying he should just shut down now? The Heat haven't won the title yet...
Nick Friedell (2:02 PM)
He should sit out because he doesn't feel mentally ready to play. With six more months under his belt I think he will feel a lot better about his body than he does right now. The Bulls would love for him to play but they also know there's a bigger picture involved.
I believe its not fair to compare DRose's injury to Taj's MCL sprain. Its just as bad as others trying to compare Rose's rehab to Peterson, Shumpert and Rubio's. This is borderline irresponsible. Let the man return whnever he feels like it. Will Malcom Thomas finally get some burn? Thank you.
Nick Friedell (2:05 PM)
All I said about Gibson's injury was that it should serve as a wake up call to the Bulls that risks regarding Rose's possible return this season far outweigh the rewards. Obviously, they didn't have the same injury. As for Thomas, I don't think he is going to get any major minutes at this point. Thibs trusts who he trusts at this point in the season.
Dominique Chicago il [via mobile]
Will Noah and Marco play tonight
Nick Friedell (2:06 PM)
Seriously doubt it.
Arun. Chicago [via mobile]
All this d rose talk. What's up with Hamilton ? Does he just ride chicago coat tails during the season just to play in the playoffs???
Nick Friedell (2:08 PM)
Rip is doing a little more in practice but nobody is quite sure if he will be able to return this season or not.
I have no problem with your views on D-Rose not returning. But if a statement does come out saying he's done for the year, do you think he will finally address the media/fans/etc. himself?
Nick Friedell (2:11 PM)
Yes, I do. If that statement does come out I think Derrick, and the people around him, know that he must come out and talk about it.
nick what makes me mad is that these so called bulls fans and media calling d rose names will be praising him after he comes back. I would not blame d rose if he looks at the fans and media in a different way. Do you think d rose will forgive the fans and media ?
Nick Friedell (2:12 PM)
Having been around Rose for a few years, I know that he will remember all the people who doubted him. Like all great players -- that will serve as motivation for him down the line. But it is an interesting point -- if Rose returns and dominates like he did before the injury then what will all the people who doubted him be saying?
It's never going to happen because he is Thibs's favorite player, but isn't Deng the bulls most tradeable asset right now that will actually provide cap relief? What could they realistically get for him?
Nick Friedell (2:14 PM)
Yes. I'm sure they would look for a pick and/or a cheap contract. As far as any potential trades go this summer, that would be the name I would focus on. The Bulls want to keep him but if they don't think they can work out an extension they may look to move him.
Dave (Menomonee Falls, WI)
Nick - Please give me just one good reason why Derrick Rose should return at this point in the season (a basketball-related reason, not that he'd increase ticket sales). With all the Bulls injuries, I'm not even sure it'd be a given the Bulls would get out of the first round even with Rose. Gibson gave us a glimpse of what could go wrong. They're not anywhere near competing for a title. I simply see no upside.
Nick Friedell (2:15 PM)
Neither do I. I know Dr. Cole said after the surgery that the final step would be playing in a game but with just nine games left -- what is the point? Especially since Derrick continues to say he's not ready.
Tom (Iowa City)
You said the risk outweighs the positive in a Derrick return. How so? Hes can't lower the risk physically and he has to play in games to get over the mental hump.
Nick Friedell (2:16 PM)
If he doesn't feel as if he's ready to play and then plays anyway and gets hurt -- I'd say that's a pretty good risk.
Nick Friedell (2:17 PM)
It's funny to me how many people say they don't want to talk about Rose but out of the hundreds of questions I get during the week -- Derrick is involved with about 90% of them.
Jim (Dayton, Ohio)
Do you think Teague can become an elite defender with his speed and quickness especially practicing against Rose daily?
Nick Friedell (2:21 PM)
He will have to put a lot of work in -- practicing with Derrick is only going to help him, though.
Call me a homer, but I still disagree with the fact that the season is lost. Especially if we finish 6th or 7th. I know New York is hot right now, but we have played them extremely tough and I think we still have a mental sense that we can beat Indiana in a 7 game series when it gets right down to it....so why shut everyone down? You said it, they have 6 months to heal after the season....
Nick Friedell (2:24 PM)
They aren't going to win without Derrick Rose. If he doesn't feel like he will be able to play this year then everything else becomes a moot point. Especially since this team is incredibly banged up right now. Sure, they could surprise somebody in the first round. But does anyone out there really believe this Bulls team can still win a title this season?
Do you think that there is a possibility that Rose will come back for just the playoffs, even though it is a horrible idea.
Nick Friedell (2:27 PM)
Realistically, I don't think the organization would allow that to happen.
Devin (Arlington Heights, IL) [via mobile]
Nick, as a season ticket holder, I DO believe the Bulls have a chance. At full strength, they have the defense and transition game to beat anyone in the Eastern Conference. I'm more scared of OKC than Miami, but we wouldn't face Miami for another month. That's enough time to get healthy. Why can't we beat them?
Nick Friedell (2:33 PM)
Devin, We totally disagree ... and that's all right. Even if the Bulls were completely healthy, with Rose, I still don't think they could beat Miami. They are so banged up right now it's uncertain whether they will even get out of the first round. I just don't see how anyone could argue they have a legitimate title shot this year.
Nick, have you ever put out a rap album?
Nick Friedell (2:34 PM)
Nope. But I did know every word to the Shaq Diesel album when it came out.
Going back to the Gibson injury being a wake up call. It's no different than for example, early next season Deng injures his knee...well that should be a wake up call that Rose can get injured as well. Rose has been cleared by doctors citing he has no higher risk of injury the knee than any other player. So the same will be true in 6 months. I do agree that there might be a higher risk of injury to another part of his body due to him compensating or not feeling right, however, he won't re-tear is left ACL.
Nick Friedell (2:38 PM)
I'm missing something on this argument -- and I've heard it several times recently. If the star player of your team, the franchise cornerstone, says he's not ready to play -- Why would you want him to play? Your favorite team has invested hundreds of millions into his future. If he doesn't feel like he is mentally ready to play why would you want to risk putting him back on the court?
Nick (Columbus, OH)
Will Deng have to take a pay cut to get an extension?
Nick Friedell (2:39 PM)
I disagree with the notion that if there is no chance we win the title then there is no point in trying to advance in the playoffs. If players are injured then they should by all means not play, but to say that a season is worthless if a championship is not a possibility is a little short sighted in my opinion. I think advancing in the playoffs and putting together a bit of a run, even if its only to a tough series in the second round is worth a lot in terms of playoff experience that it could help next year, when our championship odds are higher.
Nick Friedell (2:42 PM)
I'm not following this, Tom. The Bulls made it to the Eastern Conference Finals two years ago. Then Derrick Rose's knee gave out and they lost in the first round last season. How did their experience two years ago help them last year?
Nick Friedell (2:44 PM)
I'm out of here, guys. Thanks for the questions. I will talk to everybody next week.