ORLANDO, Fla. _ Derrick Rose doesn't crave the spotlight even when he's playing basketball at a most valuable player level.
So the weeklong silence that Rose broke Monday morning shouldn't have surprised anyone. Beyond being bummed by a sore groin that sidelined him for a fourth straight game Monday night and likely will keep him out for all three games this week, Rose believes attention should be focused on active teammates that he might not be joining for a while.
"They say with an injury like this, they don't know how long it's going to take," Rose said at Amway Center. "I thought I was going to be back sooner. I'm missing big games that I hate to miss, like the one (Monday)."
Of course, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau called Rose day-to-day, but that's just Thibodeau being coy. Rose didn't participate in the morning shootaround and said he isn't doing any basketball-related activity, just lifting weights.
"I haven't been able to run in a couple days, just making sure that my leg is OK and making sure that the pain goes away very quickly," Rose said.
Rose detailed that he suffered the injury during the Bulls' March 12 victory over the Knicks when Jeremy Lin blocked his shot on a first-quarter drive.
"I went to the hole and took off kind of wrong and Jeremy beat my shot," Rose said. "I thought I was going to take off but I couldn't get up that high. I just felt a pull. I thought it was like a charley horse or something. When I went down, I tried to stretch out but there was pain there. I wanted to play through it and I think I made it worse.
"After the game, I remember walking back into the locker room and I told the trainers immediately that I wasn't feeling right, that my leg was really messed up."
Rose said he had never had a groin injury and remains frustrated he keeps missing games. Monday marked the 14th game Rose missed this season. He missed six games total in his first three seasons.
"It's definitely been frustrating," Rose said. "This is the most I've ever been injured in my life. The biggest thing is just staying strong mentally. We're playing good right now. It's definitely hurting me, but I'm keeping a positive attitude."
Rose said he agreed with the conservative approach to the injury.
"Oh yeah, for sure," he said. "You don't want this to linger where I can't move. Every day it's definitely getting better, but I haven't been able to run."
Given that Thibodeau wouldn't officially rule him out for Monday until just before tipoff, he also wouldn't guess when Rose might return.
"It could be a few days. It could be who knows?" Thibodeau said. "We just want him to make progress. When he's healthy, he's healthy. We're not going to rush him back. We want him to be completely healthy. We think that's important."
Rose also addressed the $25,000 fine he received for critical comments about the officiating following the Knicks game.
"I thought they were facts," Rose said. "Losing 25K definitely hurts. I don't care who you are. I was just frustrated at the time. I couldn't hold myself back from saying what I said.
"It's not going to stop the way I play, where I continue to attack, play hard and hopefully I'll get the calls."
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