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Report that should surprise nobody: Derrick Rose is not coming back these playoffs

May 5, 2013, 8:35 PM EDT

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Did anyone really think Derrick Rose was coming back these playoffs?

It has been pretty obvious for a while he wouldn’t — and at this point in the playoffs, shouldn’t — but the door was always open. So coach Tom Thibodeau and Bulls players are asked about it all the time.

But Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports says Rose has already decided not to return this season, he just won’t say it publicly for some reason.

“Who knows?” Rose told reporters hours on Saturday. “It’s still up in the air.”

Who knows? Derrick Rose knows. His choice has been made to sit out the season and it includes no provisions for turning back, sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo! Sports.

You really think after everything Rose is going to decide to start playing in a round where he would find the physical LeBron James on him in crunch time? As well as other strong defenders such as Norris Cole the rest of the game?

My position on this hasn’t changed: Rose and only Rose should decide when he is ready to come back, and if he’s not he’s not. You don’t know what his knee feels like, what his mind feels like, and for you to sit on your couch (or me on mine) and say he should be out there for our entertainment is wrong. (And basketball is entertainment.) How much the Bulls pay him and all the rest of it doesn’t matter. He gets to make the call. And Chicago, with a 24-year-old league MVP to anchor the franchise for a decade, needs to think long term and not push him.

But, it has been an ongoing mistake since there were 10 games left in the season for him not to say he was done for he season. This is something hanging over the team — or, at least they have to deal with it — when it shouldn’t be there.

You are in or you are out, stop with the fence sitting. Wojnarowski and I are on the same page here.

For now, though, he owes this to everyone else: The truth about a decision that’s been cemented, the truth that this remarkable Bulls run belongs to his teammates without a shadow, without the public specter of a savior who won’t come back in these playoffs.

  1. spthegr8 - May 5, 2013 at 8:42 PM

    Call PETA & file a report for abuse. Cuz the media is BEATING THIS POOR HORSE TOO DEATH!!!!!

  2. biasedhomer - May 5, 2013 at 8:44 PM

    Get ready for the flood of Rose hate…

  3. logisticalvoices - May 5, 2013 at 8:53 PM

    I don’t think anybody has a problem with Rose taking as much time as he needs to get healthy. But, come on. This super-secret, hush hush way that he is treating this is turning people off. Just be honest about what you are feeling. Bulls fans deserve that at least.

    • andrewproughcfe - May 5, 2013 at 10:06 PM

      I think he should take some time to train himself not to do a stupid bunny-hop when he’s got an open 10-foot shot at the basket, like he did on the play where he tore his knee up.

      To me, his weird and unnecessary hopping moves have gotten far too little blame in terms of why he got injured, and why Chicago has to try to win without an MVP in two straight season’s playoffs.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM


      If Rose doesn’t think he could play effectively and with confidence, I think Bulls fans would prefer that he not play if he’s going to hurt his team’s performance on the court. However, I think it’s obvious that if he didn’t feel comfortable playing in the final few regular season games against tanking lottery teams, and if he didn’t feel comfortable playing against the Brooklyn Nets, he’s unlikely to feel comfortable jumping into the middle of a VERY physical Bulls-Heat series. In that case, he should have just ruled himself out publicly for the playoffs weeks ago.

      People understand that it takes awhile to shake off rust, so for all intents and purposes, by not playing at all in the regular season, Rose ruled himself out for the playoffs. However, it’s a distraction so long as he plays it coy.

      • musilly - May 6, 2013 at 9:30 AM

        Good points, but it’s a good “distraction” (by the way, isn’t the NBA as a whole a distraction)?

        This hemming and hawing by Rose elevates in everyone’s eyes the grit and grind of players like Hinrich, Deng, and especially Noah. Although their injuries are different–and I think Rose is making the right call by sitting out; the shadow of Gilbert Arenas’ devastating re-injuries- looms large here–it’s very inspiring to see the other Bulls play through their personal challenges.

        And in that way, the NBA is and is not a distraction. It’s a distraction in the sense that it’s entertainment, but the (dare I say epic?) effort of Noah and company is on point. It’s something that we can take away and apply to our own lives. Something you’re dealt a bad hand, but the big moment is right here, right now. You gonna play or not?

    • ronnie0000 - May 6, 2013 at 6:54 PM


      Just be honest and get it over with. I’m definitely turned off and I’m a Rose fan.

  4. steelers4385 - May 5, 2013 at 8:54 PM

    No respect no more for this chump. Keep acting like girl rose. That vag growth is pretty much going well i see

    • tuberippin - May 5, 2013 at 9:03 PM

      How’s Pittsburgh’s basketball team doing?

      Seriously, get over yourself. Dude tore his ACL last may. He’s not even a year removed from the surgery.

      • bucsnsincity - May 6, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Wrong! Tore it on April 28, over a year now. Adrian Peterson tore his ACL and mcl in December and returned roughly 8-9 months later. No problem with rose missing the regular season and maybe even the first round, but come on doctors have cleared him. His team is bruised and battered and he’s on the sideline feeling sorry for himself when his team needs him. Push thru it man up and get out there!

      • tuberippin - May 6, 2013 at 7:56 PM

        Yeah, push through the most crucial ligament in the knee and jeopardize the rest of your career. SMFH.

        And the fact that you’re using Adrian Peterson as a standard for recovery from ACL surgery tells me just how little you know about the procedure and subsequent recovery from it.

      • bucsnsincity - May 6, 2013 at 8:54 PM

        Not using AP as a “standard” recovery time frame, it’s 7-12 months for athletes. But I guess you would know more than the orthopedic surgeons that have cleared rose for well over a month now, about just how crucial the ACL is!
        Truth is it more mental than physical now.

      • tuberippin - May 6, 2013 at 9:07 PM

        7 months? Where’d you pull that number from? AP returned in 9 months; the general recovery timeline for competitive sports is 9 to 12 months, usually more on the long side than the short side. It’s an absolute minimum of 8 months before you can participate in competitive, contact sports.

        Derrick Rose had his surgery May 12th, 2012. We’re still less than a full year removed from that point. Moreover, one doctor, not doctors, has cleared DRose to play. I’m not disputing that he’s been cleared, but an athlete has to trust his body 100% in order to be able to go out there and perform at an MVP level, particularly when your first assignment coming off surgery would potentially be playing the defending champions of the league and be defended by the two-time reigning MVP and best player in the world.

  5. tuberippin - May 5, 2013 at 9:07 PM

    While I harbored no reservations that Derrick Rose would be returning for the playoffs, regardless of how far the Bulls went (or could go), Adrian Wojnarowski is a hack. I don’t know when it happened; when he wrote for the Bergen Record and his book was pretty good as well…but since he began writing for Yahoo! Sports, the quality of his articles and his rhetoric therein has dropped immensely.

    That entire article (or at least the first half of it, as the tone shifts a little more towards the end) is basically calling DRose a punk for being ambiguous on a return. The team knows what’s good, and that’s all that matters.

    • tuberippin - May 6, 2013 at 8:01 PM


  6. glink123 - May 5, 2013 at 9:10 PM

    To hate Rose, would require people to actually care about Rose. I care about Rose as much as I cate about Rip Hamilton. Both sitting in the bench, exuding the stench of two quitters who abandoned their teammates. I’ve been a Bulls fan for 29 years. I’ve literally watched every single Bulls game since 1984. To watch those two worthless piles of dog sh!t take up space on the Bulls bench literally makes me want to puke.

    • patfic15 - May 5, 2013 at 9:28 PM

      Agreed. I’d like to see them win w/o him.

    • philtration - May 5, 2013 at 10:34 PM

      If you really watched every single Bulls game since 1984 then you should remember how bad they were before he came to the team.

      Probably cried when Ben Gordon was shown the door.

    • pudgalvin - May 6, 2013 at 7:55 AM

      Yeah, you sound like a real fan. I trust you’ll want nothing to do with him next year when he comes back and sets the league on fire?

      • bucsnsincity - May 6, 2013 at 4:00 PM

        Yea maybe he’ll be back for next years playoffs!

    • iknowzeroaboutsports - May 6, 2013 at 12:54 PM

      How can you be a Bulls fan for 29 years when you are only 12 years old?

  7. patfic15 - May 5, 2013 at 9:26 PM

    Can’t believe this guy can’t play a few mins a game. Somebody is in his ear. The way he plays he would probably tear it again. Cuts too hard, not fluid. Sit it out Rose….let that “muscle memory” recover. Sniff sniff.

    • bougin89 - May 6, 2013 at 9:45 AM

      Remember when Gilbert Arenas came back with the Wizards basically just for the playoffs after tearing up his knee? That worked out really well for his career…not…

  8. kb2408 - May 5, 2013 at 9:29 PM

    Yeah, I’m sure Rose checked out PBT to see what glink123 thinks about him. Dude, get a life.
    Outside of his family, Rose probably loves the game of basketball just about more than anything. We all have seen how hard he plays and competes. I could see the criticism if this were a number of other players that we’ve seen dog it in the past. Rose is not one of those types of players. He is fearless on the court. Nobody knows what’s going on in his mind or his knee better than he does. Obviously the guy is having a problem getting his confidence back in his body. So what, another player came back in less time than it’s taking him. Everybody heals differently. If he comes back to appease the masses, and blows out his knee again because he’s tentative, some of you guys will be the first in line to label him a “has been”.

  9. papichulo55 - May 5, 2013 at 9:39 PM

    Is it possible that this is a Bulls-directed ruse, getting teams to waste preparation time?

  10. weaselpuppy - May 5, 2013 at 9:44 PM

    Isaiah Thomas thinks he’s a pu$$y

  11. eboneseagles - May 5, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    I’ve seen videos of him dunking in practice, like wtf

    • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      As Allen Iverson would say “Practice? Your talking about Practice?”
      Different context, but similar incredulity

      • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 4:54 PM


  12. dalucks - May 5, 2013 at 9:56 PM

    This site always delivers the exclusive, ground breaking news.
    Next year at this time, they will report that Kobe Bryant will not play in the 2013-2014 season. Who am I kidding? Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol cannot lead the Lakers to the playoffs much less win a game and definitely not win a series.
    Only Kurt Helin thinks the Lakers are contenders with Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol minus Kobe Bryant.

    • Kurt Helin - May 6, 2013 at 8:52 PM

      I’m not sure the Lakers are contenders next year with Kobe, for the record.

  13. golfrangeman - May 5, 2013 at 9:59 PM

    He clearly has some psychological issues. He’s been cleared to play since the all-star break. If I were a bulls fan I’d be concerned that he might never play again.

    • danfrommv - May 6, 2013 at 4:55 PM

      Oh he will play again. When does his contract run out? Miracle recovery

      • Kurt Helin - May 6, 2013 at 7:30 PM

        He just signed an extension, he has four years after this one.

  14. golfrangeman - May 5, 2013 at 10:17 PM

    It wasn’t a big surprise when he tore up his knee. He was in and out of the line up all year. If you ask me it’s like the Kobe injury when other things are hurt you put more pressure on other parts of your body. Hopefully he gets past it. Like I said its in his head!!

  15. 13arod - May 5, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    who is rose again i now i remember i forgot about him he has been out for 2 YEARS and won’t come back this year he might as well retire

    • philtration - May 5, 2013 at 10:35 PM

      He is been out for 2 years?
      Do you even watch basketball?

      • iknowzeroaboutsports - May 6, 2013 at 12:56 PM

        Watch basketball? I’m still wondering if he knows English.

  16. mungman69 - May 5, 2013 at 10:45 PM

    Wow, this is news?

    • jacksonkane - May 6, 2013 at 1:31 AM

      The best point guard in the game… worth talking about.

      I was wondering if D-Rose would be back for the Heat series, so I enjoyed the article.

      PS – Better than all the Lakers articles. :)!!!

  17. 32magicman - May 6, 2013 at 12:12 AM

    Maybe he is hedging his bets for the off chance that chicago makes the nba finals. Bet he would be interested in playing then!!

  18. sportsnut101 - May 6, 2013 at 12:24 AM

    I say if bulls get to finals without him which is a longshot yes I say trade rose next season get a pg n sg in plus picks It’s a business not like rose can shoot or play def.

  19. hollymeus - May 6, 2013 at 1:17 AM

    bulls should cut his salary

    • bougin89 - May 6, 2013 at 9:47 AM

      For the Bulls his contract is insured so him not playing at all in the regular season saved them quite a bit of cash.

  20. money2long - May 6, 2013 at 1:58 AM

    i don’t think it should happen but i wonder at what point, if chicago keeps showing they can win games with missing parts, will people start pondering rose’s mvp season, in which he won while being the best player on a high winning team. was the winning more in favor of the system or rose’s impact…that is the question. rose earned it, let me just say how i feel about it. he displayed FLASHY play, that was needed to win. and he had many dominant performances that season.

  21. mp4philly - May 6, 2013 at 2:48 AM

    I hope the Chicago front office is as dumb as their fans on this site. If that’s the case maybe they’ll trade him to the Sixers.

  22. jimmerg31385 - May 6, 2013 at 3:30 AM

    The sports is entertainment argument is a really lazy one. Both fans and players are fairly passionate about the game. You watch the games, you see the players, does it seem like the sole reason they play the game is to entertain fans. There’s certainly a lot of athletes putting a lot of emotion and effort into what you seem to be implying is akin to a movie. I don’t think Robert Downey Jr. cried when he finished filming Iron Man 3 (maybe he did).

  23. spideysdog - May 6, 2013 at 5:40 AM

    the whole situation has been handled horribly. every angle and every step.

    1. you have his brother coming out at the all star game saying Derrick isn’t happy that mgmt. isn’t surrounding him with talent.

    2. Derrick refuting this was not nearly strong enough.

    3. Adrian Petersons miraculous recovery is an unfair expectation for any other athlete, bit happened at the worst time for Derrick in terms of pressure.

    4. Noah playin on literally, one foot, makes people wonder where the line between smart and weak is.

    5. the team and derrick not coming out and making a definitive statement is not helping. if the Bulls were to come out and declare that he is shutdown for the season to further his next dozen years of basketball, they would relieve the pressure off him. they havent.

    nobody, and I mean nobody, but Derrick knows what’s going on with Derrick and I’m not going to question the dedication or heart of any player, but I ask this? when was the last time that a “franchise player” was medically cleared THREE MONTHS previously and still has not seen a minute of game time. we all hear the reports of what he is doing in practice. while no player on the Bulls is going to publicly say it, we would have to be naive to think their not wondering.

    He may be worried about his knee. he may be upset with the team that is assembled around him. he may be worried about losing time on his career if he reinjures. pretty soon, he’s going to have to start worrying about losing something else, his teammates respect. Leaders have to lead. they have to be the warriors. the guy that everyone WANTS to follow. his teammates perception should be what he is worried about. not what Adrian, Kurt, fans on PBT or anyone else think.

  24. andymaco - May 6, 2013 at 7:53 AM

    This guy ‘s problems are not his surgically repaired knee, but his empty, stupid, spoiled head!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Typical high paid cry baby !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  25. adamsa79 - May 6, 2013 at 8:02 AM

    Give the dude a break…. It hasn’t even been a year yet!!! AP was an anomaly

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