MIAMI -- Derrick Rose still has not ruled out a return this season for the Chicago Bulls, saying he could play in their Eastern Conference semifinal against the Miami Heat.
The 2011 NBA MVP will not play for Chicago in Game 1 against Miami on Monday night, nor will forward Luol Deng. Deng returned to a hospital for more tests, the Bulls said, and underwent a spinal tap to rule out viral meningitis after becoming ill last week.
Rose has not played in more than a year while recovering from reconstructive knee surgery. He was hurt in last season's playoffs.
"Still in the air," Rose said Monday before the Bulls went through a game-day practice in Miami. "I might have a chance."
The Bulls are also awaiting word on guard Kirk Hinrich, who missed the last three games of Chicago's first-round series against Brooklyn with a calf injury. Coach Tom Thibodeau indicated that Hinrich would be a game-time decision for the opener, though did not sound optimistic.
"It's slow, steady progress," Thibodeau said. "But he's still not there."
Miami's main injury concern heading into the series is the status of guard Dwyane Wade, who has been dealing with bone bruises around his right kneecap for several weeks. Coach Erik Spoelstra said Wade -- and every other Miami player -- was able to practice Monday morning, but is not planning to reveal his lineup until closer to game time.
Still, Wade expects to play.
"Thinking I'm ready to go," he said.
Deng tweeted that he would see his team in Miami, but now that seems less than certain. Thibodeau said the team is taking a day-to-day approach with Deng, who did not play in the final two games of Chicago's first-round series with Brooklyn.
Who didn't vote for LeBron?
The writer who did not choose LeBron James of the Miami Heat as the NBA's Most Valuable Player believes Carmelo Anthony "meant more to his team" this season.
Gary Washburn of The Boston Globe says Anthony made the New York Knicks relevant again by leading them to their first division title in nearly two decades. Washburn's explanation was published Monday, one day after James won his fourth MVP award.
Washburn says the Knicks would not have made the playoffs without Anthony, while the Heat have plenty of other talent besides James. Washburn also says that he believes James will eventually become the league's first seven-time MVP and that his vote was "no LeBron conspiracy."
James collected 120 of 121 first-place votes. The NBA has never had a unanimous MVP selection.
Jason Collins to headline DNC fundraiser
WASHINGTON -- The Democratic National Committee says NBA veteran Jason Collins will headline its annual lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender gala.
Last week, Collins became the first active player in any of four major U.S. professional sports leagues to come out as gay. President Barack Obama called the 34-year-old athlete the same day to congratulate him and tell him he was proud of his courage.
The DNC says first lady Michelle Obama will also attend the May 29 fundraiser in New York. Tickets start at $1,250 per person and go up to $32,400 per couple to chair the event.
The DNC included a call to legalize same-sex marriage in the party's convention platform last year.
Collins has played for six teams in 12 seasons and is now a free agent.