The Derrick Rose Watch continues.
Although the star guard hasn't played for the Bulls all season after suffering a torn left ACL in the playoffs a year ago, coach Tom Thibodeau kept the door slightly ajar again yesterday. Speaking on ESPN's "SportsCenter," Thibodeau didn't completely rule out Rose potentially suiting up and playing before the first-round playoff series against the Nets concludes.
Rose has practiced with the team in recent weeks and has been seen on the court before games, going through a warm-up routine.
"He's not quite ready," Thibodeau said. "But there's always a possibility."
The Nets are going about their business as if things aren't going to change and Rose still will be out. "We are just preparing for the Bulls," Deron Williams said. "You can't really watch film on Derrick this year because he hasn't played. So we are watching film on the Bulls, and if Derrick plays, then we'll adjust accordingly."
Nets coach P.J. Carlesimo didn't sound as if he expected to see Rose take the court during the series.
"You're concerned because he's a great player, but if he plays, we'll see how he plays and then we'll go from there," Carlesimo said. "It's hard to not have played for quite some time and come out and be effective. If anybody can do it, Derrick can.''
All black everything
The Nets are asking fans to wear black at their home games in hopes of creating a "Blackout." Typically, many teams opt to go with a "Whiteout" effect, but the Nets are going a different route. The players also will wear their black uniforms at home.
"I don't know if I'm sold on it yet," Williams said. "I don't know if everybody is going to comply to that one. People in our stands, they want to look cool. So I don't know if they are going to go for the black."