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Derrick Rose is on the mend

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ORLANDO, Fla. --- Derrick Rose remains sore but has more mobility in his left elbow than he did after injuring it in Wednesday night's game in Detroit, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy is preparing as if the Bulls' All-Star point guard will play when his 5-2 Magic host the 6-1 Bulls on Friday night.

"He's an exceptional player and from what you can tell from the outside and from three days when we were with him at the All-Star Game I think he has an exceptional attitude also," Van Gundy said. "He's a different breed. He's all about winning and the team and trying to do what he can to get better. He's the real deal as a player and a person and a teammate. They're very, very lucky to have him."

Rose drove hard to the basket, was fouled by Detroit's Damien Wilkins and came down hard on his left elbow late in the Bulls 99-83 victory over the Pistons on Wednesday. X-rays were negative but he was in obvious pain while carefully trying to dress himself in the locker room after the game.

The Bulls did not practice Thursday and Rose and coach Tom Thibodeau were unavailable for comment.

Van Gundy, however, said Rose's improved 3-point shooting could make him a better all-around player than he was when he was named MVP last season.

"There's no question he's shooting the ball from distance better," Van Gundy said. "He'll continue to get better because he just seems to me to be the kind of guy who is still trying to get better. He doesn't seem to be the kind of guy who thinks he has all the answers and is all wrapped up in his greatness. He seems like a guy who's trying to get better all the time so why wouldn't he get better? He's willing to work and he's got the right attitude. He's a hell of a player."

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