Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose and injuries go hand-in-hand. He looked good, yet cautious at the FIBA World Cup and this season has literally been treading on eggshells [more cautious than ever if you didn’t get that]. But is D-Rose thinking ahead another worry for Bulls fans?

D-ROSE THINKING ABOUT LIFE AFTER HOOPS 

Rose is quite understandably taking a very cautious approach with his latest comeback from injury. He won’t even dunk for a magazine photoshoot. That cautious. 

But something that would concern the Bulls nation a bit more is the 2011 MVP’s mindset. Is he focused enough? 

Via the Chicago Tribune: 

I wasn’t sore,” Rose said following Tuesday’s practice. “Those days off helped me just with everything, letting the areas calm down in my ankle and my foot and giving me the reassurance that everything was fine.”  

Rose returned to lead the victory over the Pistons after missing four of the last five games to sprained ankles. He had said following the victory in Milwaukee that he learned he could impact the game without playing at 100 percent. […] But Rose didn’t feel right after the Milwaukee effort and missed two more games. It has been clear from the first day of training camp that Rose and the organization are taking a big-picture approach to his health after missing two seasons to knee injuries. 

“I feel I’ve been managing myself pretty good,” Rose said. “I know a lot of people get mad when they see me sit out. But I think a lot of people don’t understand that when I sit out it’s not because of this year. I’m thinking about long-term. I’m thinking about after I’m done with basketball, having graduations to go to, having meetings to go to. I don’t want to be in my meetings all sore or be at my son’s graduation all sore just because of something I did in the past. Just learning and being smart.” 

RICK ROSS: 100K MIAMI ARE BETTER THAN CAVS THIS YEAR 

Via Slam Online: 

In a recent radio interview with HOT97′s Funk Flex, MMG rapper and Miami native Rick Ross was asked his thoughts on LeBron James leaving the Heat and returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer in free agency. Ross, understandably, says he was upset and confused when he first heard the news. He adds that he would “never” have returned to Cleveland if he were in LeBron’s shoes. 

Ross goes on to say he still loves LeBron, even calling him “one of the greatest if not the greatest ever,” but says he “brings a lot of baggage, too.” 

Near the end of the clip above, Ross predicts the Heat will finish ahead of the Cavs, and he’s willing to put up $100K his money up if anyone wants to take the bet: “We most definitely finishing better than the Cavaliers. I’ll put a 100 grand on that.” Any takers? 

It’ll be close. It’s something we at TB spoke about a lot, while in Spain for the World Cup and in daily chats. Cavs though might just nick it. Chicago for the top seed in the East though. 

BYRON SCOTT DOESN’T CARE ABOUT KOBE’S RECORD OF MISSES 

He’s in a majority we think, too. Why is it even news? 

The highlights package on ESPN between Grizzlies-Lakers was 1:40 of the bricks Kobe put up. WHO CARES?? 

Braynt has now missed 13,439 shot attempts in 1,253 games. An NBA record. 

Via the LA Daily News: 

I don’t care about that crap,” Scott said following Lakers’ morning shootaround, which lasted around 90 minutes. “I’m sure he doesn’t either. It speaks of his aggressiveness and longevity.”  

“John [Havlicek] was a pretty damn good basketball player back in the day,” Scott said 

“To the people who talk about how many shots he takes and things like that, it’s almost damned if you, damned if you don’t,” Scott said. “In the games he doesn’t take more shots, people ask why didn’t he take more shots. He can’t win either way. That’s unbelievable to me for a guy who gives everything he’s got every single time he’s on the floor. It’s unfortunate. He’s one of the greatest competitors we’ve seen in a long time. I take all that stuff with a grain of salt and he does too because the bottom line with him is championships.” 

KOBE: ANTHONY DAVIS COULD BE ONE OF THE BEST PF’s EVER 

Away from his misses, Kobe Bryant has said that New Orleans Pelicans forward Anthony Davis can be one of the best power forwards ever. 

Quotes from Bill Oram: 

“He’s an athletic Pau Gasol. That’s the best way I can put it. He can be one of the greatest power forwards who has ever played” 

Kobe on facing NOP & Anthony Davis tomorrow: “AD’s outrageous. It’s going to be fun to see it up close.”

The Pelicans beat the Lakers 109-102. Davis got 25 points, 12 rebounds and 6 blocks. Bryant had a game-high 33 points and 5 assists.