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NBA roundup: Bulls' Rose unsure of return; White returns to Rockets

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With less than a month to go in the NBA regular season, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose said Thursday that he remains unsure of when he'll return.

"It could be (Friday) and I feel like I could play the next game," Rose said after Thursday's shootaround. "Nobody knows but God."

The Bulls star player tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee April 28 during last season's playoffs. He had surgery May 12.

The 24-year-old reiterated that there at no point would he consider it too late to return.

"Not at all," he said. "I feel like when I'm ready to come back I'll be ready no matter what it is. ... Whenever I'm ready, I'm going to be out there."

--Houston Rockets rookie Royce White announced via Twitter that he's coming back to Houston on the recommendation of a team doctor, and his time with the organization's D-League team in the Rio Grande Valley may be ending.

"Have been advised by our team physician it is most logical I be in Houston the remainder of the season," White said. "Thank you @rgvvipers for having me."

A Rockets spokesman said White remains on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster, and added that the team won't comment further.

White, 21, the team's first-round pick, has an acknowledged anxiety disorder has prevented him from playing for Houston this season.

In other news, the Rockets re-assigned forward Terrence Jones to Rio Grande Valley. Jones has averaged 18.4 points, 9.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 17 games with the Vipers in 2012-13.

--The Charlotte Bobcats announced that center Brendan Haywood will miss the remainder of the season after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot.

Haywood, 33, has missed three of the team's past four games due to a sore left ankle. An MRI and CT scan on Wednesday confirmed the stress reaction.

The 7-foot Haywood was averaging 3.5 points per game and 4.8 rebounds in 61 games for the Bobcats this season.

The Charlotte Observer said his recovery time will be about two months. Haywood is under contract for two more years.
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