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Derrick Rose is quite the sports figure in Chicago: a native son who was supposed to lead his hometown team to its first title since the Michael Jordan era.

But injuries have gotten in the way, most recently a meniscus tear that has set back his season and has certainly hurt the Bulls' prospects in a year many believed they'd be right near the top.

Recently, Chicago artists David Beltran and Brendan Carroll put up this mural and collection of items as something of a memorial for their fallen star (they also held a vigil for him Sunday afternoon):

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That is some bold imagery for a basketball player who is still alive, just hurt, and whose career has not been deemed over.

To talk about the mural -- and to address some of the concerns -- Beltran joined ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Monday:

Does Beltran consider the crown-of-thorns mural, which was put up beneath Interstate 90 in Chicago's Bucktown neighborhood, blasphemous?

"To be honest, not really," he said. "For us it was a lighthearted tribute [especially because] when you go on the Internet, people are just sitting behind their computers saying whatever they want.

"We really didn't think about it as far as offending anyone; as far as legalities go, [it's] freedom of speech.

"It's a big deal. It's the third injury, it's a big deal for our city. I had really thought this was our year and I think everyone could agree on that."

UPDATE: Rose, speaking to reporters before the Bulls' game Monday night, was far from offended (he had not heard about it before he was asked).

"How can I be mad, or upset or devastated about anything?" Rose said. "I know I've got people out there that really love me and really care about me as a person."

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The news shook the NBA on Tuesday night: Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, the former NBA MVP who since has been afflicted by multiple injuries, once again needs surgery -- once again for a torn meniscus in his right knee.

Rose is liked throughout the league, meaning fellow players were quick to send their well wishes:

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2014-15 NBA schedule released

The 2014-15 NBA schedule is here, with some pretty sweet matchups highlighting the season's big days. The opening-night slate comprises Dallas Mavericks-San Antonio Spurs and Houston Rockets-Los Angeles Lakers. On Christmas, the Cleveland Cavaliers make their first trip to Miami since LeBron James left the Heat, while Western Conference titans Oklahoma City Thunder and San Antonio Spurs square off in Texas. It's all part of a regular season that promises to be compelling.

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The protracted wait for Derrick Rose to return to form just might be over.

The Chicago Bulls point guard and onetime MVP is practicing with Team USA right now ahead of the FIBA Basketball World Cup and, well, let's just say Finland and New Zealand probably aren't looking forward to defending this:

Meanwhile, if he can start hitting 3s at the rate of the other guy in this final video, the Bulls might just be Eastern Conference favorites -- even over that other contender on the American side of the Great Lakes (note: not the Bucks).


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Favorites in NBA's East?

Less than a week into the NBA's official free agency, nearly all of the big names have made their decisions. And while the Western Conference saw little movement, the East saw some deals that will certainly shake things up.

LeBron James, in case you hadn't heard, left the Miami Heat for the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Heat, though, kept Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade, and added Luol Deng in the process. The Chicago Bulls picked up Pau Gasol and brought over Montenegro-born Nikola Mirotic from Spain to team with a (presumably) healthy Derrick Rose. And the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday saw Lance Stephenson go to the new-look Charlotte Hornets. (Also, let's not forget about Carmelo Anthony staying with the New York Knicks and Jason Kidd leaving the Brooklyn Nets to coach the Milwaukee Bucks.) Naturally, there are a lot of questions ...

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