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Report: No Derrick Rose return Friday; it may be next week or not until next year

Mar 15, 2013, 3:56 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

Despite Tom Thibodeau teasing everyone by saying Derrick Rose’s return Friday night was “unlikely,” that understates the case, reports Aggrey Sam at Try “highly unlikely.”

Oh, and the Bulls will not have Kirk Hinrich back either on Friday night against Golden State as he had a setback in his recovery from a stress fracture in his foot. The Warriors are the best team to be shorthanded in the backcourt against. But Hinrich is another issue for another day.

The news is not that Rose will not go Friday, nobody seriously was betting on that, but rather that Sam’s source says Rose likely will be back from his ACL surgery in the next week or it could be next season.

While Rose is certainly progressing in his recovery, a source with knowledge of the situation explained to that although the injured superstar would be the one to give the initial go-ahead, it would take more than just him telling Thibodeau, “Put me in, Coach,” to finalize the process.

“It’s his decision, but it’s a collective decision,” the source said. “A lot of people have to sign off on him coming back….”

Also, because of the gravity of the situation, Rose would be seriously evaluated again before playing — the source did take issue with last week’s report about Rose being cleared to play, as his participation in intra-squad scrimmages would indicate that he was already cleared to play, since the Bulls wouldn’t risk him being hurt in practice and as the individual pointed out, “You can’t get cleared twice” — meaning that next week’s three-game, week-long home stand at the United Center could be the last opportunity for him to return this season, as the 24-year-old would have time to scrimmage at the Berto Center and be monitored for setbacks the day after.

The smart bet was always that he would return for a home game, which makes next week more likely.

The Bulls are caught in a situation where they would like to have Rose for the playoffs and enough games in there for him to develop a rhythm with the team (the Bulls have 18 games remaining heading into Friday). However, what would help most in getting this team ready for the playoffs is some rest for Joakim Noah, Luol Deng and the rest of the Bulls regulars. Thibodeau’s style of play and heavy minutes for key guys just wears players down. We’re seeing that with this Bulls slump — they are not healthy enough and lack the energy to play like this roster needs to if it is going to win.

Rose can change that dynamic some, but guys still need rest.

I guess we’ll find out in the next week.

  1. RavenzGunnerz - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:01 PM

    OMG, this is becoming a soap opera.

  2. dko83 - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:31 PM

    I’m confused. So doctors never cleared him? Thought I read that somewhere (probably here).

  3. moseskkim - Mar 15, 2013 at 4:54 PM

    Losing asik was huge but losing Gibson for an extended period of time is devastating. Nazr is getting consistent minutes. Nazr!! Bulls won’t be paying to much luxury tax but without depth they won’t be winning either.

  4. fanofevilempire - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:09 PM

    WTF…. the only people reporting these dates are the reporters.

  5. mcnannal - Mar 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

    Reblogged this on The Return of Derrick Rose.

  6. rajbais - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    I think that they are better off letting him play. New York is struggling without Anthony being at his healthiest and this can help Chicago get the third or fourth seed.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:48 PM

      dude, what are you talking about? It doesn’t matter what seed the Bulls are, they aren’t built to contend with anybody this year. Do you honestly think a broken down Rip Hamilton, Kirk Hinrich, a not 100% Taj Gibson, AARP Nazr Mohammed, & a D Rose that hasn’t played pro bal in a year can compete with Indy or Miami? I love the Bulls, but it is what is is, and next year is what it is…

      • rajbais - Mar 17, 2013 at 10:22 AM

        When you set a bench mark and have cap space you can attract free agents.

        Bench marks can be established by what round they advance to. They look like a 2nd Round team. If they get to the 2nd Round the Bulls can attract quality free agents and/or make great trades contingent upon their cap.

        Bench marks are good indicators of how good you really are. You won with one set of guys. Imagine how you can do with new and better players that fit with your currently helpful players.

        No one needs talented players. Everyone needs helpful players. “Helpful players” is a better term because, for example, there are
        power forwards who are inaccurate 3 point shooters, but still take 3’s. Those types of players do not help your teams because you give
        the opponent a greater chance to score. Your defense can only last so long and with referee judgement today there will be free throws shot and made by those who get the ball back and that’s why missed field goal opportunities must be
        avoided during the game. The Bulls have had a big problem with that in the 4th quarter this year.

        They need to look good to attract newer and more helpful players because we will look like a team that has a shot next year.

        However, I think Boozer needs to be traded to a team that needs an avid scoring PF to complement their avid scoring center or tall guy. When you have avid scoring tall guys that are at least 6’10” who have scoring averages equal at least 40% of their minutes average they are good enough scorers to give you high percentage shots or half-court basketball mismatches and we need a taller scoring PF and a more loaded bench. The 2012 bench may have been our best under Thibs.

  7. lemfaxx - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:18 PM

    What is the NBA stand on rose situation. He can play This season or NOT. Spurs fined coz of the one game without there 3 starters. WAKE UP STERN!

  8. 13arod - Mar 15, 2013 at 6:48 PM

    Might as well sit out entire season

  9. wayne1693 - Mar 16, 2013 at 1:52 AM

    If D.R. chooses not to play this Season…his psychological barrier will GROW during the off-season…so much so that he may never be able to get over it.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 16, 2013 at 3:51 PM

      wayne1693, leave the drugs alone dude,…. psychological barrier….hilarious!

      • dko83 - Mar 16, 2013 at 11:14 PM

        stayhigh_247 just asked someone to leave the drugs alone…

  10. glink123 - Mar 16, 2013 at 2:15 AM

    he’s got $350 million reasons to retire.

  11. southpaw77 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:52 AM

    Kobe plays with a severely sprained ankle and Rose despite being cleared does what….

    If falling short of a title last year made him upset then you gotta suit up before April, these shots to win a title dont come along yearly. Never know what injuries or luxury taxes can do to the Bulls future.

    Lets go D.Rose, adidas put the commercials up for the return so make it happen, besides the east is decimated with injuries. NY with Amare/Rasheed/Melo, Indiana with Granger, Boston with Rondo/Sullinger, etc. So Chicago could make a deep run with Rose in a weak East, the only threat in the east is Miami.

    • pudgalvin - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:56 AM

      Right, because a torn acl and a sprained ankle are the same thing. And boy, its a good thing Kobe did suit up with those zero points he contributed. Stupid.

    • stayhigh_247 - Mar 16, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      @southpaw77, yeah a deep run with no bench. Have you been paying attention? Wait, dont answer that. The Bulls have been decimated with injuries all year. The Bulls best shot was with last years roster. Management has some work to do this summer. Rushing D Rose back for anything more than getting him ready for next season would be dumb. The next nba champ is gonna be either the Spurs, The Heat or OKC (i’d like to think the C’s have a shot, but lets be realistic.) Do you honestly think this Bulls roster can beat either of those 3 teams in a series? Stop playing, if you said yes. Your kidding yourself!

  12. chitownchamp - Mar 16, 2013 at 10:16 AM

    Rose should just let it go till next year. The Bulls are not ready to challenge this year!

  13. hastekilled - Mar 17, 2013 at 1:06 AM

    I almost think the Bulls are just waiting to see if they make the playoffs before bringing Rose back. If they bring him back too early and they miss the playoffs, it wouldn’t have been worth it. Give him some extra time to get ready, then bring him back to help in the post-season. Sounds smart to me anyways.

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