BOSTON -- Derrick Rose wants to play in every game on the Chicago Bulls schedule, and Sundays match up against the Boston Celtics is one he did not want to miss. But a lingering back injury has forced the reigning MVP to sit out against their Eastern Conference foe.
Its killing me right now not being able to play, Rose said prior to the game. When I do play, my minutes are definitely down and not being healthy is definitely getting to me, especially missing this game. Just got to stay positive and hope for the best.
Rose did not play in the Bulls 95-64 win over the Charlotte Bobcats on Friday. He took the court for warm ups on Sunday with the intention of making his return. Rose felt pain, though, and was told by coaches not to play. He will see a specialist on Monday.
Ive got to be able to move, get up without hurting, be myself, he said. Whenever I feel that theres no pain there anymore, I know Ill be ready.
In the meantime, Rose will have to watch from the sidelines as his teammates take on the Celtics and his point guard counterpart, Rajon Rondo. Rose outscored Rondo, 25-14, in the Bulls win over the C's last month, while Rondo dished 11 assists to Rose's seven.
Rondos a guy thats extremely dangerous, where he can control the game without scoring, said Rose. Hes definitely a talent. Thats why hes one of the elite point guards in the NBA.
BOSTON -- Former Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez's fiancee testified in his double-murder trial Thursday that she learned to keep her mouth shut and "not to ask any questions" in certain situations.
Shayanna Jenkins-Hernandez testified against Hernandez under a grant of immunity from prosecutors. She and Hernandez have a 4-year-old daughter. She said she took Hernandez's last name in 2015.
Hernandez is accused of fatally shooting two men in Boston in July 2012 after an encounter at a Boston nightclub. He is also charged with witness intimidation in the shooting of Alexander Bradley, allegedly to silence him about the killings.
Jenkins-Hernandez repeatedly said she could not recall details about conversations with Hernandez after the 2012 killings and after Bradley's shooting in 2013.
She said she didn't ask Hernandez for details about Bradley's shooting, even though Hernandez and Bradley were close friends.
"[Bradley] was not my friend . . . Yes, it's a sad situation [but] why should I press about something like that?" she said.
Jenkins-Hernandez also said she did not recall getting a call from Hernandez at 2:37 a.m. on July 16, 2012, minutes after prosecutors say Hernandez shot Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado as they sat in a car at a stop light in Boston. Prosecutors said phone records show a 17-second call from Hernandez to her at that time.
Hernandez has denied shooting the men. His lawyer told the jury during opening statements that Bradley shot the men over a drug deal.
Bradley testified he saw Hernandez shoot the men. He also said Hernandez shot him in the face months later after he made a remark about the Boston shootings.
Hernandez is already serving a life sentence after being convicted in the 2013 killing of a man who was dating the sister of Jenkins-Hernandez.
In this week's jam packed episode of CSNNE.com's "Celtics Talk Podcast", Kyle Draper and A. Sherrod Blakely talk with former Celtic Leon Powe about this year's team, plus his role on the 2008 Championship squad. Powe tells some great stories about Kevin Garnett, and has an interesting take on Ray Allen not being invited to the reunion vacation Rajon Rondo is planning.
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Also included in this week's episode, Brian Scalabrine's interview with head coach Brad Stevens, plus the "Celtics PostUp" crew talks with Jae Crowder about his many nicknames, whether the 1st seed in the East is important, and his improvement on the floor.