Let’s just start with that because silly Internet rumors are swirling: Derrick Rose will not play in Game 2 Wednesday night and media reports are Tom Thibodeau was “puzzled” and “amused” with the suggestion he might play Game 3. If you want to believe Rose will choose the first in-game test of his knee to come in the playoffs with LeBron James guarding him, you go right ahead.
Now we can move on to the real Bulls injury news.
Luol Deng was ruled out by coach Tom Thibodeau, reports Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com. Deng is still in Chicago dealing with the complications of a spinal tap he had last week.
As for Kirk Hinrich, the swelling in his calf is down and Thibodeau said, “we’ll see” about shootaround and the game. He is officially listed as doubtful.
The Bulls could use those two and any help they can get as you can expect a much more aggressive Heat team in Game 2 after the Bulls took Game 1. You can also expect to see a lot less of Ray Allen and his matador defense on the court in crunch time trying to shut down Nate Robinson.
Kentucky held a two-day combine last season for NBA scouts.
Now, LSU and UNLV are following suit.
Rob Dauster of NBC Sports:
The Runnin’ Rebels will hold their event on October 23rd and 24th at the Mendenhall Center, UNLV’s practice facility, sources told NBCSports.com. The expectation is that all 30 NBA teams will be in attendance.
LSU has potential No. 1 pick Ben Simmons and another first-round prospect in Tim Quarterman.
UNLV features lottery prospect Stephen Zimmerman.
This won’t replace scouts attending games and watching practices, but the fact that all 30 teams plan to attend shows how seriously the pro league takes these. No college team wanted John Calipari to have that competitive advantage in recruiting, so the smart ones are leveling the field with their own combines. Soon, more college teams will follow.
As the calendar gets packed, NBA teams might have to pick and choose which they attend. At that point, we might get little clues about which prospects they’re scouting hardest.
I’m assuming Frank Kaminsky is fulfilling some type of rookie hazing ritual.
I also watched this way too many times.