Derrick Rose played in a preseason game against the Cavaliers last night, and he looked decidedly not-dead, which is encouraging. What is not encouraging is how his teammates reacted when Rose hit the ground at the end of the first half and spent an extra beat or two on the floor.

This is what happens when your franchise player has his knees held together by rubber bands and will only do half-dunks at magazine photo shoots. Every time he falls down, visions of another 82-game slog followed by a first-round playoff exit coming creeping back into your brain.