The “Chicago Tribune” has reported that the Chicago Bulls All-Star and reigning NBA MVP Derrick Rose received positive news on Monday when an MRI showed that the pain he has been feeling in his back is not being caused by any structural damage. While the news came as a huge relief to Rose as well as the Bulls, he is still in too much discomfort to play and will miss Chicago’s game on Tuesday night as they host the Sacramento Kings.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau updated members of the media at the team’s shootaround; which Rose did not attend. Thibodeau told reporters “Each day, he’s feeling better. But it’s still not where we want it to be. We’re going to be patient and see how it goes. You look at what the doctors are saying and how he’s feeling. What we’ve been told from the start of this is he’s day-to-day. That’s how we’re approaching it. We’ll continue to get the information, study it and make a good decision. It’s not just his decision. There are a lot of people weighing in on it. We have a great medical and training staff so their input is critical. His input is critical. We’re certainly not going to do anything to jeopardize him being hurt further. He’s feeling better.”
According to the Bulls bench boss Rose does not know how he hurt his back; apparently he just woke up earlier this month and felt soreness and stiffness. The pain he is suffering through is due to sore muscles; which means he needs to limit his activities until the pain subsides. The team announced on Tuesday that they have signed NBDL guard Mike James to a ten-day contract; the veteran had played in three games for Chicago earlier this season before he was released.