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Report: Doctors clear Rose to play, he wants to dunk off left foot first

Mar 8, 2013, 1:03 PM EDT

Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

There is this sense among some in Chicago that Derrick Rose could be back playing already but he is choosing not to because he sees the roster and doesn’t want to kill himself for no chance. Rose’s brother certainly fanned those flames.

But anyone who ever talked to Rose, who has seen how competitive he is, can’t buy that for a second. I don’t doubt he wants to be out there more than Bulls fans want him out there, but he wants to be himself when he returns. He wants to be healthy.

Which brings us to the latest report, this via a source speaking to — Doctors have cleared Rose but he is not ready yet.

Derrick Rose’s doctor has cleared the Chicago Bulls’ star to play, a team source said, but his long-awaited return to the lineup won’t occur until he can confidently dunk off his left foot, Rose has told the team….

The team is not pressuring Rose, the source said, but the Bulls are confident he will return this season and are still hoping for a mid-March return, which would mark 10 months after his surgery….

The source said the team has been assured by Rose’s doctor that there is no more chance of the former MVP getting injured upon his return than anyone else and that the doctor told the Bulls that physically “he can play now.” Rose is now dealing with the psychological side of trusting his body.

Rose’s game is based on explosiveness, hesitation moves, his ability to cut and change directions faster than his defender (or sometimes multiple defenders). So the fact he doesn’t fully trust that knee yet matters — he will not be the same player until he does. And Rose doesn’t want to go back out there and not be himself.

The bottom line remains that everyone has to be patient. Rose is a franchise anchor, an MVP, a guy you can build a contender around. You’re generous if you say there are a dozen of those kind of guys in the NBA total right now. This isn’t about games in March or challenging the Heat these playoffs. It’s about next year and the five years after that (at least). Rose will be back soon I bet, but not until he is fully ready.

  1. rodge1 - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:26 PM

    Wonder of he can dance on his left foot yet.

    • moseskkim - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      Hahahahahaha.. Not.

    • money2long - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:17 PM

      is this a reference to the time he didn’t want to dance at the all star game ? or did i miss something

  2. dalucks - Mar 8, 2013 at 1:39 PM

    Given the unrealistic pressure and expectations that will be unfairly expected out of him in his return. In my opinion, it would be in the best interest of Derrick Rose to sit out this season and start fresh next season when he feels and knows for sure that he is 100% mentally and physically healthy.
    Playing now only benefits the Bulls and when Rose wants to sign another contract, the Bulls will raise all of these false concerns about his health in an attempt to low ball him his contract extension.
    Take care of yourself because in Pro sports, only you care about yourself and your well being.

    • joebone - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:05 PM

      I’m pretty sure the Bulls ownership, and Adidas, care a lot more about his well being than they do about a championship this year.

    • moseskkim - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:13 PM

      He’s gonna be back.. Adidas didn’t do all that the return stuff expecting him to come back next yr

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:38 PM

      Honestly, unless Derrick Rose starts playing soon, there’s little chance Rose would be very effective in the playoffs, which start in just over a month.

      It’s going to take awhile for Rose to get back up to speed – Ricky Rubio only recently began looking like his old self, and Iman Shumpert doesn’t have all of his agility back yet. When the original timeline for return was the All-Star Break (a month ago), that might have given Rose time to adjust to playing NBA basketball again, as well as dealing with any setbacks.

      The Bulls aren’t winning the Finals with a sluggish Derrick Rose, so unless Rose starts playing in the next 2 weeks, they should just shut him down for this season.

  3. florida727 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:00 PM

    All the talk about this year’s roster or chasing the Heat or whatever is pure b.s. in my opinion. Bottom line: he’s an elite athlete and until he feels he’s ready, he shouldn’t come back. The last thing you want an athlete of his caliber doing is thinking on the court. The game is so instinctive to him that if he has to think about whether or not his knee will react as he wants it to when he wants it to, it takes an edge of his away. It changes his effectiveness. I’m a lifelong Bulls fans and can’t wait for him to return… but I will (gladly) until next year if it means he plays like he used to.

  4. 23chameleons - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:01 PM

    If you’re given the green light to play and don’t, shouldn’t your pay stop until you start playing ?

  5. chicitybulls - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:06 PM

    I’m setting the over/under of him coming back as my birthday, March 18. Good things seems to happen for the Bulls around this date (Mike’s return sticks out in my mind).

  6. adoombray - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Ask Rubio how smart it was to come back soon. The press killed him and ran 2 months of “Rubio may never return to his former self” until he finally started playing himself back into shape. Situation really isn’t that different, I mean, the Timberwolves were willing to piss off Kevin Love because they wanted to save their 5 year extension for him, he’s the star of the future, and that’s small market Minnesota where only NBA die hards pay attention: the scrutiny would be 10 times worse in Chicago and people forget that Rose is only 24. I don’t care who you are or what you do, that kind of pressure is hard to handle when you’re still young like that, and especially when the only remaining issue is his confidence. There is nobody quite like Rose when he is healthy, he’s a really special guy to watch, and the league needs him in top shape in every way for the next 10 years.

  7. ike73 - Mar 8, 2013 at 2:46 PM

    I think he should get his ass back in there, personally. I know I’m going to get killed for this, but if this was Kobe Bryant, he would have been playing about a month ago, left-foot dunking be damned.

  8. drago2012 - Mar 8, 2013 at 3:31 PM

    Rose is coming back March 18th, mark that down and take it to the bank. You heard it here first!!!!

  9. dacapt704 - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Some guys just have that ‘will’ (is. Kobe) to give it all they have…some guys always wanna be 100%…

    • lmoneyfresh - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:42 PM

      What a load of crap. There is nothing wrong with waiting until you’re completely healthy coming off a devastating injury.

      Kobe definitely had more “will” than that girl in CO though.

  10. lakerluver - Mar 8, 2013 at 5:52 PM

    A Kobe in Colorado joke…how original. That stopped being funny five years ago.

  11. money2long - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:22 PM

    i think once derrick rose comes back, he will be recognized as the best pg in the game.

  12. rodge1 - Mar 8, 2013 at 6:38 PM


    Not about him refusing to dance, but a reference to him talking smack about other players dancing and having fun at that All Star Game. He’s a great player for sure, but no need to scowl like a scorned-woman at an All Star basketball game either.

  13. bowmanj35 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:38 AM

    need to hook him up with whatever Adrian Peterson was taking.

  14. progress2011 - Mar 9, 2013 at 7:57 AM

    Make sure all your equipment works right, until you are satisfied Bro.

    If you return too early and suffer a career ending injury, the Bulls organization and the NBA will be like…………..NEXT !!!!

  15. glink123 - Mar 9, 2013 at 12:57 PM

    eventhorizon24 – I totally agree with everything in your post.

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