After the Bulls overtime loss against the Indiana Pacers Friday night, Derrick Rose said, “I’m beat up, but that’s basketball … I think I was out there playing my hardest, giving my all, but physically I feel fine.” Inevitably, this will lead to people questioning whether or not Rose will be healthy and fresh enough for the playoffs. Well, get this, he is going through the same rigors that every NBA star is experiencing right now. As old Chuck Barkley wrote in I May Be Wrong But I Doubt It, “The only time professional athletes are ever completely healthy all year, and by that I mean feeling their 100 percent best, is the first day of training camp. After that, it’s sprains and muscles pulls and tissue damage and bruises and dislocations the rest of the season.” On the bright side, it may be a blessing in disguise that Carlos Boozer and Joakim Noah missed sometime through their respective injuries, and may be healthier come playoff time – if Boozer does not pick up more knocks.
The Bulls signed former team retreads Jannero Pargo and free-throw specialist John Lucas III, expanding their roster to 15 players. Both players attended practice today. Unless an injury or two rears its head, neither player will see the court during a game. In essence, they only expanded their cheerleader roster to three (Rasual Butler), while keeping the player roster to 12. Hey, even assitance back-up water boys get rings, so why not a few guys who have played in the league.
INJURY UPDATE 3/21/11 – Carlos Boozer (ankle) will return to the court tonight against the Sacramento Kings. However, it is uncertain if Taj Gibson (big right toe) will join him.