Bulls star Derrick Rose understands the concerns surrounding his knees. He sees only one way to ease them.
The 2011 NBA MVP is ready to go after being sidelined the past two seasons by knee injuries. Rose says the only way to quiet his doubters is to "actually be on the court and actually playing."
Besides getting their point guard back, the Bulls brought in Pau Gasol to help ease some of the scoring load and defend the rim. They also added Nikola Mirotic and drafted Doug McDermott, giving them more shooting options.
But Rose still remains a question mark with practices starting Tuesday and the opener Oct. 29 at the New York Knicks.
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(Chicago, IL) -- Training camp is officially underway for the Bulls. The team held its annual Media Day yesterday and now begins to prepare for the upcoming season. The Bulls will host the Washington Wizards in the preseason opener on Monday. The regular season starts October 29th.
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>>Suns Sign Morris Twins To Contract Extensions
(Phoenix, AZ) -- The Suns are locking up a pair of twins. Phoenix has signed power forwards Markieff and Marcus Morris to contract extensions. The "Arizona Republic" reports Markieff's deal is four years for 32-million-dollars, while Marcus gets a four-year deal worth 20-million. ESPN had reported the 52-million combined would be split evenly down the middle. The two twins played with each other at the University of Kansas and were reunited when the Suns acquired Marcus from the Rockets in a trade. After losing Channing Frye during the offseason, Markieff is expected to be the team's starting power forward.