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Bulls hope their health is improving — PORTLAND, Ore. - It was once again about who wasn't on the basketball court for the Bulls on Sunday, rather than who was. A theme that is wearing out its welcome the past three seasons. Taj Gibson (left ankle) was sent back to Chicago to see team doctors, with a chance of rejoining the squad in Boston on Friday.

Bulls fall in Portland and lose Gibson to an ankle injury — PORTLAND - Some memories haven't faded away very easily. Even worse, more bad memories were made. Derrick Rose and the Bulls returned to the scene of the crime on Friday, almost a year to the day that the All-Star point guard saw "The Return 2.0'' come to an abrupt ending at the Moda Center, as he tore his meniscus and had a second season-ending knee surgery since the 2012 playoffs.

Bulls again shorthanded with Rose, Gasol and Hinrich out — PORTLAND - There will be no return to the scene of the crime on Friday. It was almost one year ago from today that Bulls guard Derrick Rose had his "Return 2.0'' put on ice, injuring the meniscus in his knee and having season-ending surgery for the second time since the 2012 playoffs, and yes, it happened in Portland, where the team will play tonight.

No Rose, no Gasol, no problem as Butler leads Bulls past Clippers — LOS ANGELES - So much for the highly-hyped Derrick Rose-Chris Paul showdown on Monday night. Hard for it to take place when only one of them showed up. The other? Rose, and his latest injury of the day - a strained left hamstring - missed his second consecutive game, and the sixth of the 11 games the Bulls have played this season.

Derrick Rose out against the Clippers tonight — LOS ANGELES - According to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, there was progress made with the left hamstring injury to Derrick Rose, but not enough for the 2011 MVP to play tonight against the Los Angeles Clippers. Meanwhile, Rose's mindset when it comes to injuries is unchanged.

Lost in Derrick Rose drama has been the play of Jimmy Butler — The daily Derrick Rose medical update came and went Friday: Mild strain of the left hamstring, questionable for the Pacers game, nothing new here, coach Tom Thibodeau said. Thibodeau would rather focus on some of the Bulls' early-season bright spots.

Bulls drop Raptors; Derrick Rose injured — TORONTO - Derrick Rose let his game do his talking for him during the 100-93 win over the Toronto Raptors on Thursday. Further evidence of how much better that is for everyone involved.

Charles Barkley rips Derrick Rose — If Derrick Rose thought a former player would have his back for what he said, well, it wasn't Charles Barkley. The legend crushed Rose on "Inside the NBA'' when the topic came up. "We're so blessed,'' Barkley said. "I limp around, but I go home to a big ol' mansion.

Tom Thibodeau growing tired of distractions — TORONTO - Tom Thibodeau has not exactly been in his comfort zone. Then again, whenever the Bulls coach has to take time out of his day to discuss topics unrelated to the X's and O's of what occurs on the basketball court, it's seemingly draining for him.

Derrick Rose to his critics: 'I could care less' — TORONTO - Twice Derrick Rose ignored a request from coach Tom Thibodeau to get out on the court for the Thursday morning shootaround. It was obvious that the Bulls guard definitely wanted to explain himself to the media and get his message out there. He may have fallen short.
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Apr 29, 2012

RT @fran_the_man: @cst_Cowley Think some folks need another reminder of The Scorpion and The Frog: #becauseitscowl ...

Apr 29, 2012

Relax Chicago, the Bulls will get as far as they were going to get with Rose. Still a team that can get to the ECF.

Apr 29, 2012

Standing room only in the media closet at the Berto Center. So this is what a team's playoff funeral looks like.

Apr 29, 2012

RT @ATLchamp11: @cst_Cowley I always think its funny when ppl take twitter too serious,...lighten up ppl, its fucking twitter!!!

Apr 29, 2012

RT @bocephus731: BREAKING NEWS: @cst_cowley is still a smart ass. More unfollows to come.

Apr 29, 2012

Been a long time since I've used my medical background to sketch an injury ... might be time to dust off the notepad.

Apr 29, 2012

BREAKING NEWS: Rose ACL is still torn. More to come.

Apr 29, 2012

Just read Deadspin. Very well done. A blog site built on satire doesn't get satire. Maybe I can e-mail a QB penis picture into them now.

Apr 29, 2012

RT @willbrinson: Creating a parody account for @cst_cowley would be amusing. Unfortunately it would also be redundant.

Apr 29, 2012

RT @Mahaw14: @cst_Cowley I'm glad Deadspin picked up on how much of a classless douche you are and always will ...

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