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In surprise to no one, new report says Derrick Rose likely out for season

Apr 12, 2013, 11:06 AM EDT

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At this point, was there anyone left who expected Derrick Rose to return to the Bulls this season?

Those dreams of him returning and leading a magical playoff run needed a foundation to be laid — he would have needed to return for roughly the last 10 games of the regular season. He needs to shake the rust off, teammates have to get used to playing with him again, rotations need to be adjusted and adjusted to. You don’t just plug him in and all is well.

Of course, officially the Bulls are leaving the door open because they have to in case Rose has a change of heart. But nobody expects it.

And now comes this report from K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.

Now that Rose sitting out all season is all but a certainty, the Bulls and Rose have drawn some criticism. Asked in light of that whether the Bulls should have just declared Rose out for the season last fall, coach Tom Thibodeau shrugged.

“They were just being forthright,” Thibodeau said of management and team physician Brian Cole. “That’s what everyone thought. We didn’t know, and we still don’t know. We were just being honest.”

Rose was medically cleared to play back on Feb. 18 but he hasn’t felt comfortable enough yet to return.

And that’s his call. Not the fans’. Not the media’s. Rose and Rose alone gets to make that call and he can make it on his schedule. If you’re saying “his hurdles are mental” I will say “so what?” They are his hurdles, he clearly doesn’t think he can go out and play like his old self yet. He doesn’t fully trust that knee (and he may or may not have physical pain still, we don’t know). It’s his call to return.

From the day of the surgery last May there was a possibility he could miss the entire season. We knew that. Would it have been better for fans for him to just say a few weeks ago “I’m not coming back this season?” Sure. Probably better for the team, too, so they can stop answering these questions. But in the end it’s still his call.

Rose is 24 and a league MVP, one of the handful of genuine franchise anchors in the NBA you can build a contender around. You give him latitude if you’re Chicago. Because when he comes back next fall, you’re title contenders again.

Carmelo Anthony had Rose’s back speaking to the media before the Bulls went out and ended the Knicks 13-game win streak. ‘Melo said reporters need to stop rushing Rose back.

“What’s two more months going to do?” Anthony said. “I don’t think he should come back, and that’s just my opinion.”

  1. deiong - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:38 PM

    wish he would have just been honest with everyone a long time ago. everyone knew he wasn’t coming back after his brothers rant. he represents him so its not like he had no idea what he was saying… sure rose needs time to get back to shape, hopefully he can get back as effective as he once was, I truly hope but I don’t think he will next year…

    as for the bulls they need a smarter coach. sure Thib can get them to play D well, but his lack of offense ‘Smarts’ coupled with his sweat shop style time management will keep the bulls from ever being a contender..

    • borderline1988 - Apr 12, 2013 at 5:12 PM

      This Bulls team plays way above its talent level, all because of Thibodeau. Even with a healthy Rose, this team is not good enough to compete without a coach like Thibodeau.

      I love the way Deng, Butler, Gibson, Noah etc play basketball – those are the kind of players youngsters should look up to.
      But fact is, there is very, very little offensive talent on this team and yet they’re still one of the best teams in the NBA. That’s all on the coach, and if I were a Chicago fan, I would keep what is clearly the second-most valuable asset on the team (besides Rose).

      • gmsingh - Apr 14, 2013 at 8:33 AM

        Great comments, but I would say Thibs is the most valuable asset. The Bulls with Thibs and without Rose have better chance of winning than the other way around. We’re just conditioned not to think so because the players are where all the money’s at.

  2. chitownmatt - Apr 12, 2013 at 4:49 PM

    It should be noted that all this “…get adjusted to the rotations.” And “…get used to the other player.” stuff is a bunch of BS.

    Normally it would be a perfectly valid point, but sadly the Bulls have not been able to floor a consistent lineup since around November.

    None of them are really “used to” playing as a unit so dropping in one more guy coming back from an injury isn’t going to make a difference, especially if he happens to be the best player on the team…or the best player on the floor.

  3. deeppurple15 - Apr 12, 2013 at 6:09 PM

    With Nate Playing this Good D rose better look out!!!

  4. xli2006 - Apr 12, 2013 at 7:43 PM

    That’s too bad. Even as a fan of one of his Central Div opponents, he is a rare talent and to miss a whole season so young is just bad all around.

    On another note, RG3 needs to pay attention here. There is plenty of career left, come back when ready NOT forced.

  5. glink123 - Apr 12, 2013 at 8:55 PM

    told ya this two months ago KH.

  6. glink123 - Apr 12, 2013 at 9:09 PM

    queue the new Adidas commercial: DRose – The Re-Return

  7. jprather17 - Apr 12, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    It can’t be that big of a me tap hurdle of he is playing full contact practice with the team in 5 on 5 drills.

  8. jhuck92 - Apr 13, 2013 at 1:47 AM

    The guys at PBT were almost zealous in their belief that Rose would come back. Now they’re eating their words. As one of the more optimistic Bulls fans, even I didn’t (don’t) think much of a possible return. I guess a journalist is only as reliable as his sources.

  9. jessethegreat - Apr 13, 2013 at 4:56 AM

    Though none of understand Rose’s situation fully, this is a low point for the Bulls franchise.

    It took them a long time to build a solid team over in Chi town after MJ, Pippen, Phill and company left but they are a solid team again. With a healthy Rose playing, they’re not only a solid team, but a legitimate title contender.

    I do empathize with the kid, but after watching Kobe play through all the injuries and play with so much heart and desire to compete/win over the years, it is easy to question Rose’s desire to play and win now.

  10. allen227 - Apr 13, 2013 at 7:43 AM

    But I’m sure he’s still getting paid all that $$$. I wouldn’t pay him $hit and I’d trade him.

  11. omniusprime - Apr 13, 2013 at 8:56 AM

    A Sissy by any other name is still a Derrick Rose. What a complete crybaby who doesn’t care about his team or earning his grossly overblown paycheck. I’m glad this wimp isn’t a Laker, hopefully he never will be.

    • jimeejohnson - Apr 13, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      I think you’re a lying Smell-A SOB.

  12. ezwriter69 - Apr 15, 2013 at 9:09 AM

    “And that’s his call. Not the fans’.”
    His call to play or not, but the Bulls and the fans call whether to pay or support him.
    If he can play and won’t, the Bulls don’t have to pay him.
    And clearly, the man can play, DOES play in practice, but has too much pride to play at anything less than 100 percent. That’s not just selfish, it’s INCREDIBLY weak and insecure. Pathetic.

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