With the regular season winding down, time is running out for injured Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose to return. The Chicago Tribune indicated in a story on Thursday night that Rose sitting out the season is all but a certainty as he continues to work his way back from knee surgery last May.
Rose was cleared by doctors to begin scrimmaging on Feb. 18 but has insisted that he'll play only when he feels ready. The former NBA MVP hasn't ruled out the possibility of coming back yet this season -- maybe for the playoffs -- but time is quickly running out.
Asked whether Bulls management should have stated from the beginning that Rose would miss the entire season rather that saying he would return at some point, coach Tom Thibodeau said, according to the Tribune. "They were just being forthright. That's what everyone thought. We didn't know, and we still don't know. We were just being honest."
--- San Antonio Spurs forward Boris Diaw will be out three to four weeks after having a synovial cyst removed from his spine, the team announced.
The surgery was performed Thursday in San Antonio. Diaw, averaging 5.8 points per game this season, may miss a first-round playoff series.
---Forward Kurt Thomas was waived by the New York Knicks, who are expected to sign 28-year-old Solomon Jones to fill the roster spot.
Thomas, 40, remains sidelined with a foot injury and is guaranteed the remainder of his salary.
The Knicks aren't certain when Marcus Camby, Amar'e Stoudemire and Rasheed Wallace might be available.
---Miami's Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh are all expected to play Friday night against the Boston Celtics, Heat coach Eric Spoelstra said after a morning shootaround.
But the Heat will be without Shane Battier and Udonis Haslem.