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Derrick Rose’s supporters would appreciate him exercising his mouth

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose works out before an NBA basketball game against Utah Jazz Friday March 8 2013

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose works out before an NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz, Friday, March 8, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

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Updated: April 11, 2013 6:46AM



Even the pedestal for the hometown kid eventually starts to get chips in it.

Since walking away from the University of Memphis and into a Bulls uniform before the 2008-09 season, Derrick Rose — from the tough streets of Englewood to NBA stardom — could do no wrong in Chicago’s eyes.

But as his recovery drags on after surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last May, Rose’s star has dimmed a bit. Comments several weeks ago by his brother and manager, Reggie Rose, in which Reggie questioned the direction of the Bulls’ organization, didn’t help.

Now it’s all about Derrick Rose using his own voice.

That means updates on where he’s at from a medical standpoint — good or bad. That means making it known when he would like to return this season — or if he even thinks he will. That means taking control of a situation saturated by company lines, leading to way too much media speculation.

Rose can end all of that by just using his voice.

More important, he can take control of his legacy by starting to reach out to potential free agents in the role of a recruiter, something he has avoided in the past. This is a players’ league, and while Chicago is a great city, no city sells itself. NBA players want to be courted — make that need to be courted. The free-agent class after the 2013-14 season could be full of epic talent waiting for the right Bulls sales pitch.

It’s time for Rose to take ownership on several fronts, starting with his medical situation.

Your move, Derrick.

† Hey, Utah Jazz, thanks for keeping that No. 8 seed in the West warm for the Los Angeles Lakers. You can go away now.

† The trade the Philadelphia 76ers made for Andrew Bynum is lining up among the 20 worst of all time.

† Kevin Johnson is doing all he can to keep the Kings in Sacramento rather than letting them go to Seattle, again proving his best decision-making was on the court.

† Remember Rajon Rondo? Neither do the Boston Celtics.

Player of the week

LeBron James, Miami Heat forward. There really is no debate for MVP this season with James playing at the level he has. In the last week, he scored a game-winner against the Orlando Magic and averaged 25 points while shooting 28-for-53 in a three-game span. There is none better in the game right now.

Team of the week

Heat. After beating the Philadelphia 76ers on Friday, it has won 17 in a row.

The big five

1. Heat. 2. Oklahoma City Thunder. 3. San Antonio Spurs. 4. Los Angeles Clippers. 5. Memphis Grizzlies.

Big numbers

4-for-17James’ success rate on potential game-tying or go-ahead field goals in the last 10 seconds of games as a member of the Heat. He delivered the game-winner against the Magic with 3.2 seconds left Wednesday.

Key games
for week of March 11-17

Thunder at Spurs, 7:30 p.m. Monday. A battle between the two big boys on the Western Conference block.

Grizzlies at Denver Nuggets, 8  p.m. Friday. This could be a first-round playoff matchup between two teams battling for home court. Right now, the Nuggets are the hunters.

New York Knicks at Clippers, 2:30 p.m. next Sunday. This is a chance for the Knicks to get even after a 102-88 beatdown at the Garden last month.



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