Bulls' Rose eyeing return to court

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Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose expects to return to the court soon.

In a video posted Friday on his Facebook page, the point guard says he’s been receiving therapy on a daily basis as he recovers from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee along with two tears in the meniscus cartilage. He says he is “going to be all right” and “should be back there on the court soon.”

Rose was injured late in a playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the Bulls bowed out in the first round. Team physician Dr. Brian Cole has said Rose could return around mid-January to early February or miss next season, but how soon he regains the form that made him the 2010-11 MVP remains to be seen.

TRADE: The Houston Rockets will send Courtney Lee to the Boston Celtics as part of a multi-team, sign-and-trade deal, completed on Friday.

The Rockets will receive a second-round pick in next year’s draft from Boston (a pick that originally owned by Charlotte), forward JaJuan Johnson, guard E’Twaun Moore and forward/center Sean Williams. Houston will also acquire the rights to guard Jon Diebler from Portland. The Celtics completed the deal by trading guard/forward Sasha Pavlovic to Portland.

CROSSING THE BORDER: The Orlando Magic and New Orleans Hornets will play a preseason game in Mexico City.

Hosted by the Mexico City Arena on Oct. 7, the game will be the NBA’s 18th in Mexico City and 20th in the country, most for anyplace outside the United States and Canada.

There will be nine international games in October involving 10 NBA teams.


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