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Derrick Rose admits to double vision, still hopes to play Friday


I’m no doctor, but if you’re seeing double you shouldn’t play in an NBA game.

So is Derrick Rose — who is recovering from an orbital bone fracture near his eye — still seeing double? From Vincent Goodwill of CSNChicago.com.

When asked by a reporter if he still has double vision, Rose said, “Yeah, yeah. Right now I see two of you. It’s kind of bad, but it’s preseason you know, so it’s all about getting out there and playing, just playing a couple of minutes and seeing how it goes.”

Rose still wants to play in the Bulls’ final exhibition game Friday. Coach Fred Hoiberg would like that to happen, except for that who double vision thing — if he is seeing double, he sits. That said, Rose is practicing while wearing his new mask.

“Derrick participated in a little bit of the contact, not a lot,” said Hoiberg, who wants to see Rose play 5-10 minutes if possible. “But it was good to see him out there. He’s getting more work with Randy (Brown, assistant coach). We’ll see. Maybe see how he feels in the morning. He has a lot of general soreness right now just from picking up the activity after basically not doing anything for two weeks.”

TNT had to be excited to get the Bulls vs. Cavaliers for the opening night game next Tuesday night. Now, with Rose in serious question and Kyrie Irving out for sure (not back from the broken kneecap), this could be a Kirk Hinrich vs. Matthew Dellavedova showdown on opening night. The NBA, it’s faaaaantastic.

Kidd says Giannis Antetokounmpo could play every position for Bucks

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The modern NBA is all about versatility — Golden State will be hanging a banner because they have very talented players who can play and defend multiple positions. It gives them the ability to go big, go small (without sacrificing defense), or just exploit matchup advantages. Every NBA team is trying to do that to a degree.

The Bucks Giannis Antetokounmpo may take that to another level.

He will start the season at the four until Jabari Parker returns, and then he will slide over to the three. But you can expect him to play every position on the court, Bucks’ coach Jason Kidd told the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.

“He’s 20 years old and he’s going to play every position for us,” Kidd said. “…He never complains. He just goes out there and plays.

“I think he’s showing he’s confident in shooting the three. He’s confident while he’s on the floor and he’s doing a lot of good things for us.”

Antetokounmpo at the center spot in a small-ball lineup? I can see that. He can easily play either forward spot. As he develops, I can see him as a point forward/guard, and working off the ball like a two.

In a positionless NBA, Antetokounmpo could be the ultimate Swiss Greek Army knife. It’s just another reason to watch the Bucks, who will be entertaining if nothing else this season.

Report: Lamar Odom undergoes two emergency surgeries

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Lamar Odom is back in Los Angeles, recovering from his overdose and stroke suffered last week, and is doing considerably better each day. His Aunt released this statement, via the Los Angeles Times.

“To our overwhelming delight, Lamar’s courageous improvement continues on the incline in Los Angeles. He is beginning to gradually flourish both mentally and physically,” according to a statement issued on behalf of Odom’s aunt, JaNean Mercer.

However, Odom has a long road of recovery still ahead.

That includes two emergency medical procedures — read: surgeries — in the past couple days, according to TMZ.

We’re told the procedures involved chest issues, but we do not know if it’s connected to his lungs or heart.  Our sources say the surgeries have put Lamar in “a fragile mental state.”  We’re told he’s emotional and at times, very upset.

Difficult to blame him. Longer term he has more surgeries ahead, likely including a kidney transplant, reports  Mark Medina at the Los Angeles Daily News.

Odom will likely need a kidney transplant, according to multiple sources familiar with his recovery. Ever since being hospitalized last week after becoming unresponsive at a Las Vegas brothel, Odom has received daily kidney dialysis treatment….

Odom is expected to need months of dialysis and physical therapy, sources said. But for patients with end stage kidney failure, dialysis does not improve the condition of the actual kidney.

Odom likely also has some level of brain damage from the stroke (or strokes).

This incident — as the latest evidence in a long line of stories about NBA players struggling to adapt to life after basketball — is prompting the NBA players union to consider how it can help the transition, union president Michelle Roberts told Marc Spears of Yahoo Sports.

“There has been a dearth of services in terms of adhering to the guys’ needs. One of the things we spend a lot of time dealing with is the complete absence of any type of transition program for the guys. On one hand you would say that’s the responsibility of the [National Basketball] Retired Players Association, but they don’t have the resources.

“We’re sort of deciding how we can fill that space. Technically, our players are paying dues for services of current members. So there will have to be some buy-in. There is also clearly a lot of buy-in from the membership in terms of our operating health insurance for any retired player. The desire to be supportive of retired players is there among the current members. But what we need to figure out and create is a transition program under the auspice of the NPBA with the collaboration of the NBRPA. Lamar is a great example of why it needs to be done.”

Odom — an NBA champion and former Sixth Man of the Year — was found unconscious last week at a Nevada brothel after what had been three days of drugs, drinking and more. He was rushed to a Las Vegas area hospital, where he battled for his life, but after stabilizing he transferred to a Los Angeles area hospital. While he’s making progress, these latest reports are a reminder of just how far he has to go.

Through the recovery, his estranged wife Khloe Kardashian has returned to his side, and the two have rescinded their divorce papers.



Nike opening store with only Michael Jordan items in Chicago

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CHICAGO (AP) — Nike is opening a Michael Jordan-only store in Chicago’s Loop this weekend.

The new Jordan Brand store opens Saturday. The Chicago Tribune reports (http://trib.in/1GrWtmt ) it will sell merchandise with the trademarked Michael Jordan “Jumpman” silhouette. Nike also plans stores in New York, Los Angeles and Toronto featuring the former Chicago Bulls star. Jordan Brand offers basketball, training, sportswear and kids’ products.

Nike Chief Executive Mark Parker says Jordan’s popularity opens up a “world of opportunity” for the company.

Nike also said last week that it will report Jordan Brand financial results separately from its basketball division.

Sarah Mensah is general manager of the Jordan Brand in North America. She says consumers wanted a place to see everything Jordan-related. She says stores also will feature items chosen “specifically by Michael.”

PBT Extra bold prediction preview: Can MVP Harden get Rockets a title?


James Harden was an absolute beast last season – 27.4 points, seven rebounds, more than five assists per night. As seemingly every other Rocket player of note went down injured for at least some stretch of time, Harden stepped up and made plays. Behind him, the Rockets won the Southwest Division, were the No. 2 seed in the playoffs, and reached the Western Conference Finals?

Can Harden and the Rockets both take the next step — can he win the MVP and the Rockets win a title? That’s the question on the table in this latest PBT Extra with Jenna Corrado.

I would argue the way for the Rockets to win the title is to take some of the weight off Harden’s shoulders. If Ty Lawson is healthy and is a quality second playmaker, if Dwight Howard is a defensive anchor and putting up offensive numbers, if the role players step up the Rockets can win a title. But if all that happens, Harden may slip in the MVP race. He’d make that trade, by the way.