Derrick Rose was 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.
Grizzlies retain Pondexter
The Memphis Grizzlies signed Quincy Pondexter to a contract extension, beating a deadline for players drafted in 2010. The Grizzlies did not disclose terms of the deal.
The 6-foot-6 guard-forward led the Grizzlies with a career-high 39.5 percent shooting from 3-point range in 59 games last season. Pondexter, who hit a combined 40 3-pointers in his first two seasons, hit 60 3s last season.
He was even better during the playoffs shooting 45.3 percent outside the arc. In the Western finals, Pondexter averaged 15.3 points shooting 53.7 percent from the floor.
Pondexter was the 26th selection overall by Oklahoma City in 2010, trading his rights to New Orleans. Memphis traded for him Dec. 24, 2011.
The Commercial Appeal reported Pondexter agreed to a four-year deal.
Knicks go bigger
Andrea Bargnani was in New York’s starting lineup for Thursday’s game at Chicago, giving the Knicks a bigger look against the physical Bulls.
The 7-foot Bargnani had six points in 17 minutes in his first game with New York, which beat Milwaukee 90-83 in its season opener on Wednesday night. Bargnani was acquired in a July trade with Toronto.
Bargnani’s addition to the lineup moves guard Pablo Prigioni to a reserve role. Bargnani starts upfront alongside Carmelo Anthony and Tyson Chandler, with Raymond Felton and Iman Shumpert in the backcourt.
Coach Mike Woodson says he plans to use a bigger lineup when the Knicks face these types of teams.
Kenyon Martin is expected to rest against the Bulls, while Amar’e Stoudemire was expected to make his season debut. He was to be limited to 10 minutes as Woodson tries to keep both big men healthy.