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Rose happily returns to normalcy
By Mike McGraw | Daily Herald Staff
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Published: 2/18/2009 12:02 AM

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Derrick Rose lost the rookie game, won the skills contest and felt overjoyed that all-star weekend finally was over.

"I'm just happy that I'm back here," Rose said following Tuesday's practice at the Berto Center. "It was too much out there - running around, meeting everybody, doing these things. But I loved the experience.

"I'm happy that practice started late. But right when I leave here, I'm going back (home) and getting into a coma. I need that."

Asked to describe his schedule outside the two televised events, Rose listed three sponsor appearances as well as filming a commercial with Orlando's Dwight Howard. Hopefully the ad will be more inspired than Howard's "prank" of knocking on Rose's hotel room door in the middle of the night, available on YouTube.

Rose did not attend the actual All-Star Game in Phoenix and expressed remorse. Not for missing the game but for missing Shaquille O'Neal's choreographed dance during introductions.

"I was watching a movie (at the hotel)," Rose said. "I missed Shaq's performance. So I was kind of mad. I saw the highlights, but I was mad I wasn't there for that."

Vinny won't look back: Coach Vinny Del Negro took some heat for leaving Derrick Rose on the bench when the Bulls had possession with 4.7 seconds left in a tie game with Miami last Thursday. Thabo Sefolosha ended up throwing away the inbounds pass, leading to the Heat's game-winning dunk.

On Tuesday, Del Negro talked about dealing with decisions that go awry.

"I don't really second-guess myself because it's easy to be a Monday-morning quarterback," he said. "The play was open and we just didn't execute the pass. I don't think a guy needs to be playing 45 minutes in a game to make an inbounds pass. I have a lot of confidence in Thabo.

"If it works out, then there's no question about it. I take full responsibility for all that stuff; that's my job. I try not to second-guess myself. It doesn't do any good, because there's another game for us to worry about."

Bull horns: Drew Gooden, out since Jan. 20 with groin and abdominal strains, participated in about three-quarters of Tuesday's practice. There is a chance he will play tonight at Milwaukee, but how good a chance is anyone's guess. - A trade rumor surrounding the Bucks has Richard Jefferson and Luke Ridnour headed to Portland for Raef LaFrentz's expiring contract. Such a move would save Milwaukee millions in salary.