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Strange things, indeed

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The Bulls are known for their anything-goes workouts of draft prospects, and not just with the physical play on the court. Arizona guard/forward Chase Budinger, who was held out of the physical play due to an ankle injury, said the Bulls psychological testing was also much different than others he has undergone.
``They had a very interesting psychological test,'' Budinger said. ``They had a guy who you were playing with blocks, You were drawing pictures, memorizing things. I thought it was a pretty cool process.''
Budinger, who will reschedule a workout with the Bulls, said he has heard many different questions while being interviewed by NBA teams. One of the strangest was when one team asked if he had a girlfriend. When he said, ``No,'' the follow-up was whether he had any "friends with benefits."
``That was kind of a whacky question,'' Budinger said.
Asked how he responded, Budinger said, "No comment."
``They just try to get in your mind and throw you off,'' Budinger said of such questions. ``I felt pretty confident in myself that I was on track the whole time.''

Rose to appear at Water Tower Place on Saturday

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Derrick Rose is scheduled to make at appearance at the Adidas store in Water Tower Place on Michigan Avenue on Saturday from 2-4:30 p.m. to celebrate his winning the NBA's Rookie of the Year award and the Bulls' strong finish and exciting first-round series against Boston Celtics.

Rose is expected to make brief comments thanking fans for their support and sign autographs. He also will dedicate a signed commemorative jersey to the city of the Chicago that will hang in the Adidas store. Another framed signed Rose jersey will be given away to a fan in a drawing during the event.

Ready or not, it's game time

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Roughly 36 hours after the epic triple-overtime Game 6 ended, the Bulls took the court at the TD Banknorth Garden this morning to begin preparations for tonight's Game 7 showdown with the Boston Celtics.

Ben Gordon (strained left hamstring) and John Salmons (sore groin) continue to battle injuries and everyone that played major minutes is trying to get their legs back.

"I don't know about well-rested, but I think we're ready to go," coach Vinny Del Negro said. "Obviously, there's John's groin and BG's hamstring, but it's Game 7 and you have to go with the guys that are healthy and get after it."

Both Gordon and Salmons, who played 60 minutes in Game 6, will be in the starting lineup tonight. Gordon is coming off a 4-for-14 shooting performance, while Salmons had a team-high 35 points.

"It's not getting better," Gordon said of his injury. "I think in Game 6 my minutes were kind of staggered, so I wasn't able to work up a lather like I was able to do in the first game I played with this. I couldn't get loose, I felt like, the whole game."

Said Salmons: "You can't really worry about it. Everybody played a lot of minutes. It's all the same for everybody."

When asked if he groin was feeling any better in Game 6, Salmons said: "I was just clicking that day. The injury's still there. That's not going nowhere. I was just making shots."

Game 7s are pressure packed, but the Bulls seemed fairly loose following the shootaround.

"Our guys will be ready to play," Del Negro said. "We just have to find a way to control, manage possessions and execute our game plan."

Del Negro planned to save his talk to the team to just before game time, but the players said a motivational speech won't be necessary to get them fired up.

"Game 7, you really don't need no motivation," Salmons said. "Just Game 7 alone is enough motivation. We gotta win, we have no choice but to win if you want to keep playing."

Garnett won't play in Game 7

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Forget about Boston Celtics star Kevin Garnett playing in Game 7. That was never anything more than a media creation for folks looking for a story line. Garnett is hurt. He needs surgery on his injured right knee. If he were able to play, he'd already be playing.

Celtics vice president Danny Ainge shot down the Garnett speculation this morning, saying definitively that Garnett is out for the playoffs.

All the talk about Garnett possibly playing should stop. There's plenty of drama with this Bulls-Celtics series, so there's no need to manufacture more.

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