By K.C. JOHNSON, CHICAGO TRIBUNE
Even Doug Collins got swept up in the Derrick Rose hysteria on Thursday.
“I thought for sure he was going to play (Thursday night),” the 76ers’ coach said. “Got hurt against Philadelphia, come back against Philadelphia, game on TNT. I could just see him running out with the Adidas commercial.”
Instead, Rose’s participation got limited to another lengthy, sweaty pregame workout featuring several dunks that drew oohs and aahs from the early-arriving fans. Collins battled serious knee injuries in his playing career and thinks the conservative approach is the right one.
“The Bulls have a tremendous investment in Derrick,” Collins said. “You want to make sure this young guy is ready to go. We take a guy like Adrian Peterson and we see him rehab and play football and you sort of expect everybody to have the same timetable. Knees are different. Every player is different. Everybody’s game is different.
“Derrick is an explosive player. He plays in the lane. He’s landing in a lot of congestion. He’s going to have to be very confident when he plays about being able to explode off that leg and come down in a crowd.
“(Chairman) Jerry Reinsdorf and the Bulls organization aren’t short-sighted people. They have a franchise they feel has a chance to be good for a long, long time. And Derrick is the guy who’s going to make that special. So I totally understand.”
All aboard: All signs point to the Bulls winning a four-team race and signing Lou Amundson to a 10-day contract on Saturday, bringing their roster to the maximum 15 players. Amundson, who was waived by the Timberwolves on Feb. 8, would be big-man insurance while Taj Gibson remains sidelined with a sprained MCL in his left knee. The Heat, Celtics and Knicks also are in the mix for Amundson.
The Bulls have just enough below the hard salary cap of $74.307 million to sign Amundson for the remainder of the season if they choose. He then would be eligible for the playoffs.
Over seven seasons with six teams, the 6-foot-9 forward has averaged 3.8 points and 3.6 rebounds.
Layups: Marquis Teague turned 20 Thursday. … Collins, on the widespread reaction to his heart-on-his-sleeve postgame news conference after the 76ers’ sixth straight loss on Tuesday: “Yeah, I guess I was trending.” ___
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