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It would be a good time for Rose to play like a $20-million a year player — Posted: 01/27/2015, 04:47pm | Joe Cowley SAN FRANCISCO - This would be the perfect road trip for a Derrick Rose hostile takeover. Jimmy Butler has been struggling, Pau Gasol looks tired, and Joakim Noah has put out an APB for his conditioning.

A swift kick from Thibodeau might be just what the Bulls needed — The Tom Thibodeau message to his players has always been a consistent one. It just so happens that this week, they've been getting the Rated-R version of it from their coach. According to Bulls forward Taj Gibson, home games admittedly haven't been played with an urgency.

Rose 'happy people paid attention' to his statement T-shirt — It isn't often that a horde of media members surrounds Derrick Rose to discuss non-basketball related issues these days. Then again, Rose has never been the type to draw attention to himself away from the court.

Dirk on Kirk after Bulls' loss: 'One of the dumber fouls I've ever seen' — Late Tuesday night, Tom Thibodeau and Kirk Hinrich were fighting over who should take the bullet. In the end, give it to Hinrich, who, though appreciative of his coach's effort to shield him, knew exactly where the finger should be pointed. "This one is on me,'' Hinrich said after the Bulls' 132-129 double-overtime loss to the Dallas Mavericks.

Go time for Rose and the Bulls as the circus has left town — It really was the "Circus Trip'' in more ways than one. Tight hamstrings, gimpy left ankles, unable to play because of fatigue, ping pong tournaments, and then of course an attempted biting incident in Brooklyn, as Kevin Garnett tried attacking Joakim Noah's hand as if it was a bucket of chum.

No timetable for a Taj Gibson return — BROOKLYN, N.Y. - It wasn't easy for Taj Gibson to sit out Sunday's game against the Nets. Not when he grew up just a few minutes down the road in Brooklyn. But the Bulls forward is trying to take the smart approach with yet another left ankle sprain by fighting the temptation to just rush back in there earlier than he should.

The coddling of Derrick Rose has to stop — The company line for the Bulls is alive and well. It has to be in order for Derrick Rose to keep from drowning. "It's important, everybody's health to tell you the truth, and a hamstring is nothing to play with because that could lead to other things,'' Bulls guard/forward Jimmy Butler said after Tuesday's latest early Rose exit from a game.

Derrick Rose leaves game with latest injury in Bulls' loss — DENVER - Tom Thibodeau would like the focus to be on the players leaving it all out on the court on a nightly basis. He reiterated that before Tuesday's 114-109 loss to the Denver Nuggets, pointing out that it's an idea that has been getting "lost.'' Unfortunately for the Bulls coach, Derrick Rose continued to make sure that it wouldn't be found anytime soon.

Derrick Rose out after a half in Denver — DENVER - Maybe it's the long road trip. Or maybe Tom Thibodeau has just had enough. After spending the first month of the season answering injury questions with his usual go-to, "We have more than enough,'' or the always classic, "Next man up,'' the Bulls coach is running low on patience.

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.
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Jan 26, 2015

RT @FisolaNYDN: Where was John Paxson's outage when some Chicago radio guy said that Tom Thibodeau suffers from Aspergers? Can't recall him saying anything.

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.

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