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Bulls' Rose starting despite sore neck


Posted Oct 31, 2013 6:48 PM - Updated Oct 31, 2013 8:03 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- Derrick Rose is in the starting lineup for the Chicago Bulls' home opener against the New York Knicks after missing Thursday's shootaround due to a sore neck.

Rose warmed up with black tape on either side of his neck, but opted not to talk to reporters. He was in his usual spot at point guard when the starting lineups were released.

It will be Rose's first meaningful home game since he injured his left knee in the 2012 playoffs.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said earlier that Rose has a sore neck and is a game-time decision. He also said the 2011 NBA MVP isn't sure how he got hurt.

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee in the 2012 playoff opener and missed all of last season. He had 12 points in Chicago's season-opening 107-95 loss at Miami on Tuesday night.

Rose missed an exhibition game in Brazil due to soreness in his left knee. But that was his only significant setback while preparing for this season.

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