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Derrick Rose says hamstring issues keeping him off court

Mar 10, 2013, 11:03 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

So it’s not the knee, it’s not dunking off the left foot, it’s the hamstring?

Bulls injured point guard Derrick Rose spoke with ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke (one of the best in the biz) and told her the reason he has not gotten back on the court is a hamstring issue. has the details.

Sunday brought the latest new bit of information on Derrick Rose’s stalled rehab from ACL surgery 10 months ago. ABC courtside reporter Doris Burke revealed Derrick has been experiencing “burning” in his hamstrings after those 5-on-5 practice sessions at the Berto Center. And, Derrick told Burke he won’t consider returning to game competition until that issue is resolved.

The CSNChicago column by Mark Schanowski goes on to wonder why the Bulls are all Bill Belichick about Rose’s injury and this info doesn’t come from them. Fair question, but teams seem to be more trying to obscure such info, as if it gives them some advantage. Whatever.

While this may or may not be related to him compensating for the knee, it is the kind of thing that can linger.

So we remain without a timeline for Rose to return. And I don’t have a problem with that — he shouldn’t come back until he is not only right physically but feels right mentally. Whenever that is. Even next season.

Just know the reason today is the hamstring.

  1. glink123 - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:40 AM

    Been telling ya, KH. Rose won’t play this season.

    • eventhorizon04 - Mar 11, 2013 at 1:41 AM

      Hamstring issues usually take a couple of weeks to resolve because they’re very easy to aggravate, so the key is patience.

      Given that the playoffs start in 5 weeks, this does seriously hurt his chances of making an appearance this season.

      • lmoneyfresh - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:33 PM

        I don’t know if its as much that he has injured his hamstrings, just that he appears to be (my guess at least) compensating somehow and that’s putting increased strain on them. I’m guessing that this is a big part of why he’s not back yet, he still doesn’t trust his body 100% yet and this is proof. Medical clearance is one thing, but trusting his knee is an entirely different ballpark.

    • chitownmatt - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:43 PM

      He’ll play…
      If only a few games just so he doesn’t have to go the entire summer with it hanging over him.

  2. stayhigh_247 - Mar 11, 2013 at 2:08 AM

    In all honesty, he should maybe come back for the last 8-10 games for conditioning purposes, get reacclimatized to playing in real games. But other than that, this team isn’t gonna win anything this year anyway so why rush back to a team where Rip Hamilton is always hurt, Kirk Hinrich is always hurt and Nazr Mohammed is just plain old. You can’t compete with Indiana, The C’s, or Miami with this current roster. His brother was correct in slamming management for not building a contender. Had they kept last years roster minus John Lucas III, or Cj Watson (Nate Robinson is a better fit) he would have something to come back to, but not now. So basically, take your time D Rose.

    • gmsingh - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:58 AM

      Well, the Bulls had the best regular season record two years in a row and now they’re barely a .500 team. Thibs got royally screwed by the front office.

    • fanofevilempire - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:07 AM

      the problem may just be people telling this kid when to come back, I think HE should tell
      his team when he will play. Why risk your franchise player?

    • pudgalvin - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:05 AM

      Please. This is a team that was on pace for 55 wins before the other half of their team got hurt. That’s 55 wins still without their best player. The only thing they haven’t replaced from last year is Asik’s depth. Bellinelli isn’t quite as good a 3 point shooter as Korver, but every other part of his game is better. Jimmy Butler is just as good a defender as Brewer was, plus he can actually make shots. CJ Watson was horrible in the playoffs last year, and the reason they lost game 6. If you want to say the current roster isn’t a contender, that’s fine, but you can’t say last year they were then.

      For the last 2 weeks, they’ve been playing with their 3rd and 4th line point guard, their backup 2 guard, and no sixth man. That’s playing without 4 of their top 7 players. That isn’t management’s fault. What would OKC look like without Westbrook, Sefalosha, Martin and Collison? We saw what the Clippers looked like without Paul, add in Bledsoe, Crawford and Odom to that. Name me a team that’s going to win 50 games missing more than half of their top 7.

  3. gmsingh - Mar 11, 2013 at 6:50 AM

    At some point shouldn’t D. Rose just consider retiring?

  4. wittenisgod - Mar 11, 2013 at 7:35 AM

    Gmsingh barely a .500 team they are better than that

  5. broncobeta - Mar 11, 2013 at 9:31 AM

    Those “The Return” commercials feel very silly right now.

  6. asublimeday - Mar 11, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Well said, Pudgalvin.

    The idea that a healthy bulls team “can’t compete with Indy and the Celtics” gave me a good Monday morning laugh.

  7. pudgalvin - Mar 11, 2013 at 11:00 AM

    Part of the problem is Jeff Van Gundy’s monday morning quarterbacking that he was doing for half the game yesterday. He made some valid points about Asik, but he left some things out. Signing a guy for 25 million to be your backup defensive stopper (lets remember, he hadn’t even been able to catch a basketball until this year; he provided no offense to an offensive starved team) would have given the Bulls zero financial flexibility until 2017 or so. They basically had to pick between him and Gibson. The Bulls had to choose between financial flexibilty going forward and banking on the current roster (Asik included) being able to win a title. They chose the former. It’s not as simple as, ‘oh they’re just being cheap again.’ It’s not like the Bulls are the only team not willing to pay the tax. In reality, the Lakers, Knicks and Nets are the only teams willing to pay the tax going forward.

  8. lmoneyfresh - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    I don’t understand why the Bulls need to be more open about this. The leak about his medical clearance alone caused a whirlwind of rumors and conspiracy theories by people who know nothing about the situation. Why would they release more info? There is no benefit to them, or rose, to be more transparent about the process.

    • katra2logic - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:01 PM

      But the Bulls may be in the the best position (reported to be most profitable team in the last 10 years) to maintain their players. Mr Reinsdorf is notoriously tight fisted with his money, that is probably why he has so much of it. Cheers :-)

  9. iowahbr - Mar 11, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    A core probem for the NBA. Heat, Thunder, and Spurs and then everyone else incluidng the Bulls, with or without Rose, playing for draft positions or salary cap space. the college game this year will be so much more interesting because the script is not already 90% pre-written.

  10. southbeachtalent - Mar 11, 2013 at 3:13 PM

    Has he been able to pull off a 360 dunk of his left leg from a stand still? No, oh……….

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