Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said during an ESPN Chicago radio program Tuesday that franchise player Derrick Rose could miss the entire season, but said the team is prepared to move forward either way.
"I think in any situation like this you hope for the best but you plan for the worst," Thibodeau said. "That's a possibility that he could miss the entire season and if that's the case then that's fine. We just want him to be healthy and ready to go. Whenever that is we will deal with that. For our team nothing is going to change."
The Bulls need Rose to return to his MVP form, but also were aware that he was going to miss significant time after getting hurt during the playoffs.
---Philadelphia 76ers guard Jason Richardson underwent surgery on his left knee.
As previously announced, Richardson will miss the remainder of the 2012-13 season. Additional updates will be provided when available.
---Hall of Famer Isiah Thomas said that while the debate over whether LeBron James is a better basketball player than Michael Jordan is hardly settled, James is probably the better athlete.
"They're both great players, and they're both great in their eras," Thomas told ESPN 1000. "In my era, we hadn't seen an athlete quite like Michael Jordan. He jumped higher than everyone else. He was a little faster than everyone else and he was just the best athlete.
"LeBron James is the best athlete of today, and he's probably a better athlete than Michael Jordan was. He's bigger, he's faster, he's stronger."