"Yes, you lost one of your brothers -- a warrior in every sense of the word -- but I know and you know you've still got a lot of fight left," Pippen wrote in a letter to the team posted on the Bulls website Tuesday. "You're still the best team in the NBA until an opponent proves otherwise. So go out there and play like it. You've earned that much with Derrick along the way, but you also won a lot of games without him. It's time to meet the challenge."
Rose tore his left ACL with 1:22 left in the Bulls' Game 1 win on Saturday, and he'll miss the rest of the postseason. He visited with teammates at practice on Monday, and it's uncertain if he will sit with the team for Game 2 on Tuesday night at the United Center.