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The latest Derrick Rose update: There is no update

Mar 18, 2013, 12:10 PM EDT

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The Chicago Bulls are home this week — Monday against Denver, Thursday against Portland and Saturday against Indiana — which has fueled speculation that Derrick Rose is likely back this week. If he is going to be back this season at all.

For Monday night against the Nuggets, don’t bet on it.

According to coach Tom Thibodeau, speaking with, the latest update is that there is no real update.

“Nothing’s changed,” Thibodeau said. ”He keeps improving, still has a way to go. When he’s ready, he’s ready. He just has to keep working.”

Rose will be back when Rose is ready to be back. Everything else is speculation. Some Bulls fans want him to fight through it and get out there, personally I’m in the “it’s not about this year it’s about the next five years” camp. The Bulls have one of the NBA’s handful of young franchise anchors, a guy you can build a title contender around, and in that case you take your time and be patient. Even though being patient sucks.

By the way, the argument that Rose should sit out “because the Heat are too good” being floated by a few national talking heads is just ludicrous. You don’t make those decisions on what other teams are doing because situations can change. Remember how last year we were sure that the Eastern Conference Finals were going to be the Bulls/Heat showdown? Not exactly how it worked out. Rose just needs to come back when Rose is ready.

  1. mcnannal - Mar 18, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    Reblogged this on The Return of Derrick Rose.

  2. eventhorizon04 - Mar 18, 2013 at 1:35 PM

    I think most people thought Rose coming back around the All-Star break would have worked out.

    The 3 months before the playoffs would have allowed the Bulls to cautiously ramp up Rose’s workload on a minutes-limit from 20-25 minutes per game in February to 25-30 minutes per game in March to 30-35 minutes per game in April. That would have given Rose time to work through any setbacks and get into gameshape and rhythm with his new teammates. Rose would have been able to log 35+ minutes per game for the playoffs, and the Bulls would be a very good team with a mostly healthy Rose again.

    Instead, it’s almost exactly 1 month before the playoffs. Rose last week told the media he’s dealing with hamstring tightness after practices. The Bulls have just 17 regular season games left to go, are on track to finish as the 7th seed, and Rose’s coach describes him as still having a ways to go before we see him in-game.

    And that’s why some are reluctant to say he should play this year. Iman Shumpert and Rubio started playing months ago, and only recently began looking like their former selves.

    If Rose isn’t back in the next 2 weeks, he’ll have fewer than 9 regular games to get prepared for a first-round playoff series against the Indiana Pacers, a physical, defensive-oriented team. It’s fair to wonder if he’d realistically be ready for play-off basketball at that point.

  3. glink123 - Mar 18, 2013 at 11:47 PM

    Enjoy that new baby. Strengthen the leg all summer. Let Gar-Pax actually sign some real players. Get Luol’s wrist surgically repaired. Get Boozer amnestied. Regroup for 2013-14. DRose is shut down for the rest of this season.

  4. fnc111 - Mar 19, 2013 at 4:53 AM

    Ummmm That’s exactly why he isn’t coming back this year – the Heat. What’s the point in coming back? You said yourself it’s a five year thing. You can’t have it both ways. They need to build through the draft because no big time FA ever wants to come to cold Chicago. I say keep losing and pray Toronto gets hot so they get a lottery pick,

  5. jpiro - Mar 19, 2013 at 10:21 AM

    Shut it down. Announce that it’s in the long-term best interest of both Rose and the Bulls that he take his time and fully recover over the summer before reclaiming his starting role next year. There’s no upside to bringing him back now.

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