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Thibodeau: Rose Needs to Work on Timing

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(Derrick) Rose will play his third game in as many nights Thursday, and coach Tom Thibodeau, an assistant for USA Basketball, couldn’t be more excited about the push he’s making this offseason.

“He’ll be fine,’’ Thibodeau told reporters. “He’s working every day. The only way you’re going to shake the rust off is by playing.

“Physically, he feels good. Mentally, he’s good. But he’s got to work on his timing. He hasn’t played in two years, basically. So it doesn’t happen overnight, and he understands that. He’s showing great patience. It’ll come.’’

via Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times

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Report: Earl Watson Fired as Suns Coach

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Phoenix coach Earl Watson has been fired, league sources tell ESPN.

Source: Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN

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Sources: Jameer Nelson Signs 1-Year Deal With Pelicans

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Free-agent guard Jameer Nelson has agreed to a one-year deal with the New Orleans Pelicans, league sources told The Vertical.

Nelson entered free agency Wednesday, when the Denver Nuggets waived him to create roster space to sign Richard Jefferson and allow second-year guard Jamal Murray to assume the starting point-guard role.

Source: Shams Charania of The Vertical

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Bobby Portis Apologizes to Bulls for Mirotic Fight

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Bobby Portis has apologized to his Bulls teammates for getting into a fight that left Nikola Mirotic with facial fractures and a concussion. “He didn’t address us today, but he did address the team before so that was taken care of,” Bulls swingman Justin Holiday said after Friday’s practice.

Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg acknowledged that Portis’ apology took place during a team meeting but did not want to go into specific details about his message. “I’ll keep that between the team,” Hoiberg said, “as far as exactly what was said in that meeting.”

Source: Nick Friedell of ESPN

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