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Rose could be cleared for activity within a week

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CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose may be cleared to begin activity within a week, and be able to practice shortly thereafter, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday.

The Bulls haven’t ruled Rose out for the opening game of the regular season against Cleveland Oct. 27. He had surgery Sept. 30 on a fractured left orbital bone suffered in practice a day earlier.

“Derrick, hopefully in another week, will be able to start getting active again, and then hopefully start practicing shortly thereafter,” Hoiberg said.

Rose was at the United Center for the Bulls’ preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night, but likely wouldn’t be on the bench, Hoiberg said.

“He’s still getting a little bit of blurred vision, so I feel it’s best for him to watch the game in the back,” Hoiberg said. “But I know he’s excited to be here and be with the guys in the locker room.”

J.R. Smith buys cotton candy during game, eats it on bench

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J.R. Smith is a legend.

He was on the bench during Monday night’s Cavaliers preseason game hosting Memphis, decided he wanted some cotton candy — who doesn’t? — and went into the stands to buy some.

Did he eat it? Do you need to ask that question?

J.R. Smith was not playing tonight, and it is the preseason.

But would you be any more surprised if he did it in the playoffs? Or if he rode a Phunkeeduck up to get the cotton candy?

Rockets grab forward Arsalan Kazemi off waivers from Hawks

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Arsalan Kazemi has been bouncing around this fall. He had been on the Sixers roster, but they released him so he could go try to make the Hawks roster.

Now the Hawks have waived Kazemi, who played his college ball at Rice and Oregon, and the Rockets’ have picked up the Iranian, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports.

Kazemi was drafted late in the second round in 2013, and analytics guys have always liked his potential — he’s strong on the boards and has the potential to round out his game. That said he’s never stuck here and spent last season playing in China.

The Rockets are looking mostly for training camp depth. Donatas Motiejunas has still not returned from back surgery, both Terrence Jones and Montrezl Harrell have missed time with injuries.

The Rockets have 14 guaranteed contracts and they likely will fill the 15th spot with a big man for depth reasons to start the season. That leaves Kazemi fighting for that slot with Josh Smith, Jeremy Tyler, and Chris Walker.

Pelicans’ Norris Cole out with high ankle sprain

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The Pelicans are counting on Norris Cole to pitch in at the point guard spot, along with a finally healthy Jrue Holiday and Tyreke Evans.

But we’re not going to see Cole for a while, he suffered a high left ankle sprain at practice Sunday the Pelicans announced. There is no timetable for his return, but high ankle sprains can be nasty and take a while to heal. It is possible Cole will miss the start of the season.

Cole impressed with the Pelicans at the end of last season. After being traded to the Big Easy, he averaged 9.9 points and 3.2 assists per contest,  played good defense, and was solid in the playoffs against Golden State. That said, the Pelicans wouldn’t offer him the contract he wanted, so Collison signed the qualifying offer and will be an unrestricted free agent next year.

With Holiday on a minutes limit to start the season, Alvin Gentry may be forced to play more Evans at the one.

PBT Extra bold prediction preview: Will Mudiay lead Nuggets in scoring?

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Welcome to the Emmanuel Mudiay era in Denver.

The Nuggets have a team with a few quality veterans — Danilo Gallinari, Kenneth Faried, Wilson Chandler — but the ball will be in the hands of the rookie Mudiay. Does that mean Mudiay will lead the team in scoring? In our preview with Jenna Corrado, that becomes the question.

I will bet on Gallinari. Mudiay will take a lot of shots, but I don’t expect him to be terribly efficient as a rookie. However, just wait until next year.