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Reinsdorf says the Bulls will not rush Derrick Rose back

Aug 12, 2012, 9:00 AM EDT

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Don’t get your hopes up about seeing Derrick Rose before late, late in the season. After an initial report listed him back on the floor after ACL surgery in January, that was pushed back to February, then March. Now, in a radio interview in Chicago via ESPN Chicago, Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf said the Bulls will not be pushing Rose to return before he’s absolutely healthy.

“I’m not going to let him back until the doctors tell me that it’s absolutely safe for him to come back,” Reinsdorf said on ESPN 1000’s “Talking Baseball” on Saturday. “I made that mistake with Michael Jordan years ago where I think we let him come back too soon. It worked out OK, but it might not have. This time I’m not going to make that mistake. Until the doctors say he’s 100 percent and they put their reputations on the line, he’s not coming back.”

via Jerry Reinsdorf says Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose wont be rushed back from knee surgery – ESPN Chicago.

The Bulls pushed Jordan to get back from a foot injury and it did limit him. Jordan made a full recovery because he was a god among men, but Rose is only mortal, and that ACL injury can have worse repercussions long-term.

Reinsdorf also admitted during the interview that the Bulls probably aren’t winning the title. If you add up these comments and that? You get the distinct possibility that we may not see Rose in the 2012-2013 season, at all. If Chicago doesn’t keep pace until the playoffs, it might just not be worth the risk.

All of this from a team that in April of 2011 could be considered the favorite to win the NBA title. Things change just that quickly.

  1. isd87 - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:04 AM

    Derrick Rose won’t be rushed back, but there is a difference between being rushed back and having a normal ACL rehab and coming back when ready. A normal ACL rehab is 8 months give or take, so by mid January or early February D-Rose could be back and it wouldn’t be a rushed recovery. Reinsdorf also said something to the effect of if Derrick Rose is healthy in the playoffs they could compete, so I think the takeaway from this interview is that we won’t see D-Rose playing by Christmas or New Years.

    • somekat - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:50 PM

      Not true. With the amount of pressure put on the ACL playing basektball (especially a slasher type like Rose), 8 months is not a normal recovery, that would be god like. A “normal” recovery with on ill effects would be about a year. Shave off 2 months, because an NBA superstar does not get “normal” medical attention, and you are somewhere around 10 months.

      • isd87 - Aug 12, 2012 at 5:52 PM

        Being a slasher vs or a more stationary player or a star player vs a role player has little impact on ACL recovery. Kyle Lowry’s isn’t a typical recovery, but he came back in less than 6 months from a torn ACL. Adrian Peterson tore his in December and just got taken off the PUP list. As for the 2nd part of your argument, its not like the medical staff would throw caution to the wind if Vladimir Radmanovic tore his ACL. If Rose is healthy and completely rehabilitated by January the medical staff isn’t going to say”lets hold him out an extra two months he is star.”

      • florida727 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:21 AM

        “If Rose is healthy and completely rehabilitated by January the medical staff isn’t going to say”lets hold him out an extra two months he is star.”

        Actually, that’s exactly what they’d consider doing. You don’t risk the long-term future of your franchise player for ONE run through the playoffs. That’s actually, IMO, part of the problem with the NBA. It’s such a one-on-one game that if your star player is injured, your entire team is screwed. It’s not a “team” game anymore. It’s a game where certain individuals dominate. Except for San Antonio and their pick-and-roll offense, when’s the last time you’ve seen other teams actually run something you would consider a “basketball play”? It’s give-me-the-ball, clear-out, I’ll-create-my-own-shot, you-better-hope-I-make-more-than-I-miss-or-we-lose. It’s just what the game has evolved to.

  2. manchestermiracle - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:11 AM

    He’s young and highly motivated. If the Bulls are anywhere within sniffing distance of a playoff spot he’ll be back by February. Ok, maybe March. April….?

  3. cameran0804 - Aug 12, 2012 at 11:36 AM

    rose is DONE. He will never be the same

  4. asublimeday - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM

    WHEN, not if, the bulls are deadlocked for a mid-playoff seed, rose will hit jerry with a chair to get back on the court.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      The Bulls are a FRINGE playoff team without him.

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:08 PM

        And how you figure they will be more than a 40-42 team (or, if I humor you and say Rose is back by late March, they’re a 34-38 team in the last week of March) is beyond me.

      • chicitybulls - Aug 12, 2012 at 9:16 PM

        I imagine a lot of things is beyond you. You must think that Deng is just an aiight player even though he’s an all star….or that Noah and Taj are just ok. I’m not saying they’ll still have the #1 seed but Thibs will make this team play defense and that will keep them in most games. Added to that they have a fairly soft schedule at the beginning of the season. They’ll be in the mix. Somewhere in the 4-6 maybe 7 at the lowest seed.

  5. itsthemelman82 - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:23 PM

    After an injury plagued season last year, Jerry would have a riot on his hands if he rushed D. Rose back! I’d love to see them go out & compete. everybody knows a championship isn’t likely but, ’13-’14 They WILL be back in the mix for sure!

  6. somekat - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:53 PM

    Bulls are goog enough to get the 6-8 seed in the east without Rose, and I expect them to make, and him be back for the playoffs. However, before he is mentally comfortable on that knee, he’ll probably have to play a good 2 months. He may be healthy physically, but mentally how much will he trust that knee?

    In the long run, this COULD be a blessing in disguise for the Bulls. If they somehow get a top pick this year (i don’t think they are that bad, even without Rose), they could add a top level talent to a team with an MVP already on it. Again, I don’t think it will happen, but you never know.

  7. icu84bs - Aug 12, 2012 at 12:58 PM

    Jerry R. is a notorious penny-pincher who will let the insurance company pick up the tab (if Chicago is not seriously in the playoff hunt) for Rose. Sadly, I do not think we see D. Rose this BB season.

    • florida727 - Aug 13, 2012 at 8:29 AM

      Not sure why all the thumbs-downs for you “icu”, because you’re right, Jerry is the ultimate cheapskate. I covered the Bulls for a local radio station, just one year, the year they won the first of their two three-peats. Only talked to Jerry a couple times, don’t care to any more than that. Hands-down the most arrogant executive in the NBA. If you think anything other than HE is the reason the Bulls won 6 of 8, YOU were the one that’s delusional.

      Back when a million dollar contract was really something special, Jordan forced Jerry to pay Paxson a million for his last one-year contract. It was “negotiated” through Jordan’s agent (David Falk), who did NOT take a fee for doing it. It was Jordan’s way of rewarding Paxson for his work, because heaven knows Jerry sure wouldn’t have done it.

      If you ever want to know how smart Jerry is, just ask him. He’ll be glad to tell you.

      • katra2logic - Sep 18, 2012 at 3:23 PM

        Thanks florida727, I was just being logical :-), that seems to upset the blindly following…

  8. pudgalvin - Aug 12, 2012 at 4:34 PM

    The Bulls didn’t let Jordan come back too soon, he basically said F you, I’m playing. Then he went out and dropped 69 on a Celtics team that was starting 3 Hall of Famers.

    • Mr. Wright 212 - Aug 12, 2012 at 8:09 PM

      63, but who’s counting?

      Thankfully it was just his foot, and a clean fracture. I remember it like yesterday. He was only out six months, but it wasn’t a compound fracture, either. That’s what saved Jordan.

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