Derrick Rose did not attend Wednesday’s practice at the Berto Center because of a family emergency. We were told a family member is sick, but Derrick is fine and will play Thursday when the Bulls host Cleveland in Game 3 of their playoff series.
Otherwise, not much going on at practice. Coach Vinny Del Negro answered a long list of questions about trying to stop LeBron James. Hope he misses seems to be the only realistic approach.
Joakim Noah politely declined to speak to the media. Kirk Hinrich was the only regular who talked.
Post-practice entertainment was a low-key shooting session with Jannero Pargo, Hakim Warrick and Rob Kurz. Pargo can still hit 10 3-pointers in a row like it was nothing, but is 0 for 1 in the series, playing just 2 ½ minutes in Game 1.
LEBRON LOVES CHICAGO
Fresh off the Plain-Dealer site, LeBron James was asked his thoughts on Chicago following Wednesday’s practice at the Cavaliers facility in Independence, Ohio.
"It's a great city. It is,” James said. “What do you want me to tell you? It's an awesome city. Honestly. It's one of the best cities we have in America. Great restaurants. Great shopping. I have nothing bad about Chicago.
"I'm not trying to say this because of what (Joakim Noah) said about Cleveland. I'm dead serious. I think we all love Chicago. I go on vacation in Chicago sometimes. I do. You all making it a joke. But I'm serious. I love Chicago. I spent three summers from my sophomore year to my senior year in high school, I stayed in Chicago every summer, working out at (Michael) Jordan's facility. I spent a lot of time down there.
“I'm serious. I love Chicago. I love Cleveland. I love Akron, too.”
This isn't any secret. James is known to have a good time when he hits town. The Bulls can only hope he enjoys himself Wednesday night after the Cavs arrive.