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Should The Bulls Be Upset About How Long Derrick Rose Is Taking To Get Back On The Court?

Submitted by on February 15, 2013 – 12:20 pm6 Comments

Derrick Rose may not play during the 2012-13 NBA season. Although early reports said that he’d be able to play by January or February 2013 after he tore his ACL last spring during the 2013 NBA Playoffs, Rose did an interview this week in which he said that there’s a chance that he won’t play at all this season. He said that his knee still doesn’t feel right and that he isn’t going to come back and start playing until it’s back to feeling “110 percent.”

“I really don’t know,” he said when he was asked when he will be returning. “I’m feeling good, but like I said, if it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I don’t mind missing the year.”

Rose also said that he would love to play this season, but he reiterated that he’s not going to do it if it means jeopardizing his future.

“I would love to,” he said. “I would love to. That’s why I approached my rehab and my workout so hard. I’m trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it’s no point.”

So, with that in mind, here’s my question: If you’re a Chicago Bulls fan—or, better yet, a Chicago Bulls player who has been playing your butt off for four months now and hoping that D-Rose would be back in time to make a playoff run—don’t Rose’s answers upset you? Don’t you want to see him come back and try to play even if he’s only, say, 80 percent? Isn’t that what he’s supposed to do as the Bulls franchise player?

It depends on who you ask. But, from where I’m sitting, there’s absolutely no need for Rose to rush back. As it stands, the Bulls are 30-22 heading into the NBA All-Star break. They’re in fifth place in the Eastern Conference. And, even without Rose, they have a chance to make a run in the playoffs this season. So, why rush him back and risk further injury? If anything, I think Rose is remarkably mature for realizing that he shouldn’t rush back. It shows that he’s thinking about the long-term implications of rushing back and that he realizes that he needs to be thinking about more than just this season.

Will it be a popular decision if he ultimately chooses not to play this season? Of course not. But, I’m sure that Bulls fans—and Bulls players—will be more than happy when they get Rose at “110 percent” back on the court again as opposed to 80 or even 90 percent. Until then, he should take his time and make sure he’s fully healed. It’s the best thing for the Bulls. It’s the best thing for the NBA. And, most importantly, it’s the best thing for him.

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