Double Dribble

An NBA blog from Newsday's Bobby Bonett

Derrick Rose breaks down at promotional event in Chicago

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose breaks down and cries

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About halfway through the expected 8-12 month recovery time for his torn left ACL, Derrick Rose appeared in Chicago to unveil his new shoe, the adidas D Rose 3.

The event coordinators started the event by playing Rose's latest adidas commercial, part of a marketing campaign coined "#thereturn."

An emcee then took the microphone to introduce the Bulls point guard. For a...

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Roundup: Duncan staying put, Williams to Hawks

Philadelphia 76ers' Lou Williams (23) reacts with fans

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The moratorium on free agents officially signing with teams was lifted at midnight Wednesday. And as expected, Deron Williams signed with the Nets, and Steve Nash was shipped to the Lakers.

The rumor mill is still churning, though, and figures to heat up now that teams can start to lock up players for the 2012-13 season. Here are some of the latest:

Hornets will match on Gordon

Despite...

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Brandon Roy enters free agent rankings at No. 7

Portland Trail Blazers' Brandon Roy (7) dribbles past

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Brandon Roy, the former Trail Blazer who retired during the 2010-11 season at the suggestion of team doctors because of chronic knee problems, plans on returning to the NBA next season. And teams are reportedly already knocking at his door.

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports, the Bulls, Mavericks, Pacers and Timberwolves are all interested in signing the three-time All-Star.

Roy...

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Is Derrick Rose's 2012-13 season in jeopardy?

Injured Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose prepares to

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The Chicago Bulls are preparing for the 2012-13 season as if starting point guard Derrick Rose won't be available.

During Chicago's first round series against the 76ers, Rose tore his ACL and meniscus. And according to Neil Hayes of the Chicago Sun-Times, "The Bulls aren't counting on Rose returning next season. They aren't even planning on it."

The injury, which sidelined...

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NBA playoff power rankings

San Antonio Spurs' Tim Duncan, left, Manu Ginobili,

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At the start of each playoff round, you can find updated power rankings in the Double Dribble. The rankings are formulated based on what team still playing is most likely to win the NBA championship. So, for example, you'd expect the No. 4 team to beat the No. 5 team in a playoff series, but the No. 4 team would likely lose to the No. 3 team.

1. SAN ANTONIO SPURS

The red-hot Spurs enter...

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First round NBA playoff predictions

Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague (0) and guard

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After the lockout, the Chris Paul trade fiasco, the Dwight Howard and Lamar Odom drama, the Metta World Peace elbow, and a lot of basketball in a short period of time, wer'e finally here: In less than 24 hours, the first round of the NBA playoffs tips off.

Here are predictions for the opening series:

No. 1 San Antonio Spurs vs. No. 8 Utah Jazz Gregg Popovich’s management of the veteran...

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NBA announces schedule for opening games of playoffs

New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, left, and Miami

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Earlier today, the NBA announced the schedule for the opening game of each first round playoff series.

Four series will open Saturday, and four on Sunday:

SATURDAY OPENERS

No. 7 Dallas or Denver at No. 2 Oklahoma City*

No. 8 Philadelphia or Knicks at No. 1 Chicago*

No. 7 Knicks or Philadelphia at No. 2 Miami*

No. 6 Orlando at No. 3 Indiana

SUNDAY OPENERS

No....

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Flashback: MJ's last shot with the Bulls

Chicago Bulls' Michael Jordan scowls over his shoulder

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Day 28 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Chicago Bulls. The Bulls franchise has six NBA titles, and has 13 playoff appearances since the 1991-92 season.

Date: June 14, 1998

Situation: The No. 1 Chicago Bulls lead the No. 1 Utah Jazz, 3-2, heading to Game 6 of the NBA Finals.

Context: Coming off back-to-back NBA titles in two of the most dominant season in NBA history,...

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Flashback: Hawks look to (finally) win at home

Atlanta Hawks power forward Josh Smith (5) reacts

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Day 18 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Atlanta Hawks. The Hawks franchise has one NBA title, and has 11 playoff appearancea since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 8, 2011

Situation: The No. 5 Atlanta Hawks trail the No. 1 Chicago Bulls, 2-1, heading to Game 4 of the Eastern Conference semifinals.

Context: Despite increasing the team’s win total for five straight...

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Flashback: Arenas beats the buzzer

Washington Wizards' Gilbert Arenas reacts after hitting the

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Day 16 of our 30-team NBA playoff flashback profiles the Washington Wizards. The Wizards franchise has one NBA title, and has five playoff appearance since the 1991-92 season.

Date: May 4, 2005

Situation: The No. 5 Washington Wizards and the No. 4 Chicago Bulls are tied, 2-2, heading to Game 5 of the first round of the Eastern Conference playoffs.

Context: Prior to the 2004-05...

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