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All eyes are on Rose, even if he won’t be seen until later. His recovery really is the story surrounding the Bulls, the lingering issue as the team tries to get by without him.

“I think even if you win a championship, you come back the next day and people will doubt you,” Deng said. “It’s just the way it always is. I think as a team _ we hear things all summer _ you know what’s being said. The best thing that we do as a team is we really focus on what we have to do day-in and day-out. We don’t try to get caught up in what’s going on outside these four walls.”