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Thunder's Kevin Durant says Bulls' Derrick Rose will be 'stronger and better'

by Darnell Mayberry Published: October 23, 2012
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photo - Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter of  Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago, Saturday, April 28, 2012. The Bulls won 103-91. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXA107
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose (1) reacts after an injury during the fourth quarter of  Game 1 in the first round of the NBA basketball playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers in Chicago, Saturday, April 28, 2012. The Bulls won 103-91. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh) ORG XMIT: CXA107

Add the three-time reigning NBA scoring champ among those not counting out Chicago star Derrick Rose.

Kevin Durant said the Bulls point guard, who mangled his knee in last year's playoffs, will soon be back and better than ever.

“I know he's going to get back stronger and better,” said Durant before the Thunder played the Bulls in Chicago on Tuesday night. “I've been praying for him, of course. And I've been watching the (workout) videos online, so I'm sure he's going to have a really, really nice comeback here for the Bulls and be at full strength.”

Durant said he expects Rose to benefit from a stringent workout regimen.

“I think he'll be better,” Durant said. “With all that weight training he's doing, strengthening his body and his core, he's doing everything he needs to do.”

Thunder guard Eric Maynor, who suffered through a similar knee injury last season, said his best piece of advice to Rose would be to remain patient and not rush back.

“It's going to be good days, it's going to be bad days,” Maynor said. “But you just got to keep working. Work throughout all of it.”

LIGGINS PLAYS THE UNITED CENTER

Chicago native DeAndre Liggins played inside the United Center for the first time Tuesday against the Bulls.

The third-year guard had been to the United Center during his two seasons with Orlando but didn't log minutes.

“It's going to be exciting to play in front of my family,” said Liggins, who estimated 10 relatives were in attendance, before the game.

Liggins spent time Monday night with his parents, sister and grandmother and got what he called “a home-cooked meal.”

Asked if it ever gets old returning to Chicago, Liggins said “Not at all, because it's not too many times I'll be able to come back home. This is one of the times. We get to come back Nov. 8 — if I'm still here.”

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by Darnell Mayberry
OKC Thunder Senior Reporter
Darnell Mayberry grew up in Langston, Okla. and is now in his third stint in the Sooner state. After a year and a half at Bishop McGuinness High, he finished his prep years in Falls Church, Va., before graduating from Norfolk State University in...
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