Bulls' Rose sits out preseason game with knee soreness

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Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose sat out a preseason game against the Washington Wizards because of a sore left knee, the same one that kept him out all last season after surgery.

Chicago guard Derrick Rose didn't play in Saturday's preseason game in Brazil because of soreness in his knee. He missed all of last season with a knee injury.  MICHAEL CONROY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
MICHAEL CONROY/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Chicago guard Derrick Rose didn't play in Saturday's preseason game in Brazil because of soreness in his knee. He missed all of last season with a knee injury.

Team officials did not indicate the extent of the injury Saturday, simply listing Rose with “left knee soreness.”

The game was played in Rio de Janeiro in front of a sellout crowd.

Rose has played two preseason games without any sign of problems.

CLIPPERS: Forward Blake Griffin went down clutching his left knee in a scrimmage Wednesday night and afterward said he “absolutely” feared the worst because he’s had experience with knee injuries before.

But an MRI exam revealed that Griffin had a bone bruise and no structural damage. After team doctors spent time working on his knee, the Clippers’ star realized the injury was “not even really that bad,” Griffin said.

“Every time I’ve hurt my knee the previous time, it was always like when I planted, when I was going up and not coming down,” Griffin said before Friday’s practice. “So, just that alone was kind of scary to me. But as soon as we got the news, it’s one of those things that you can deal with pain if you know what the pain is.”

LAKERS: Departed Friday for their trip to China for a pair of exhibition games, and it will be an exotic first for several players who have never traversed the Great Wall or navigated a heavily censored Internet.

But for Kobe Bryant, it’s eight more days in familiar territory.

Make that frighteningly familiar territory.

The Lakers superstar is mobbed by basketball-crazed fans every time he visits China, which has become an annual summer stop on his Nike promotional tour.

He also created a stir five years ago while winning a gold medal with Team USA in the Beijing Olympics.

Bryant should have plenty of time for signatures because he will sit out the preseason games against the Golden State Warriors on Tuesday in Beijing and Friday in Shanghai as he continues to recover from a torn left Achilles’ tendon.

CAVALIERS: Forward Tyler Zeller will be sidelined for an indefinite period after having his appendix removed.

The second-year forward had an appendectomy Friday at the Cleveland Clinic. The team said Saturday that Zeller is recovering in the hospital and no timetable has been set for his return.

It’s been a tough start to the season for Zeller. He injured his hip last week after a fall in an intrasquad scrimmage and has missed Cleveland’s first two exhibition games.

Drafted in the first round last year from North Carolina, Zeller averaged 7.9 points and 5.7 rebounds as a rookie.


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