On Saturday, Chicago Bulls fans everywhere held their collective breaths when it was reported that star point guard Derrick Rose was being held out of a preseason game in Brazil because of knee soreness. Team personnel made sure to point out that this was simply a precautionary measure, and Rose himself confirmed that.

“I’m good,” Rose said, via the Chicago-Tribune. “I could’ve played, but the front office made the decision to sit me out. I can’t complain about it. It’s nothing huge. I know that I should be able to go next game."

Bulls general manager Gar Forman added: “If there’s soreness, then we’re going to rest. Any time you’re dealing with any type of injury or soreness you’re concerned. But it’s not a major red flag or huge concern.”

Rose says he will be ready for the regular-season opener against the Heat. He wasn't nervous about the soreness in his knee.

“You wouldn’t expect it to happen,” he said. “But when it does happen, you can’t be down on it. I know that it’s feeling better day-by-day. I’m just trying to stay positive.”

Anytime Rose misses a shot or practice, there’s going to be high scrutiny around it because of the circus that was the entire 2012-13 NBA season.
This article was written by Glenn Erby. Follow him on Twitter here and read more of his work here


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