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PBT Extra: Physical series keeping Derrick Rose out?

May 9, 2013, 8:03 PM EDT

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PBT’s Kurt Helin joins Kay Adams to break down all the action from the NBA playoffs. The series between Chicago and Miami has been physical, and Helin believes this physicality is another factor keeping Derrick Rose off the court.

  1. rickyspanish - May 9, 2013 at 8:10 PM

    Leave it alone. It’s only a story if he comes back.

    • eventhorizon04 - May 9, 2013 at 8:44 PM

      Also, Rose didn’t feel ready to come back the final few games of the regular season (while the Bulls were playing tanking lottery teams), and he didn’t feel ready to come back against the Nets in round 1 (who aren’t known as a very physical team), so I don’t think the “physicality” of certain games is playing a role in his decision-making.

      After all, if he was nervous about playing “physical playoff basketball,” he would have ruled himself out of the playoffs by now. Why?
      Well, the Bulls are in the middle of a physical round 2 series everybody expected against the Heat. If they pull off a historic upset and beat the Heat, they will then have to face either

      1. The Knicks, whose defense is anchored by Kenyon Martin and Tyson Chandler, and would be a series in which he’d be up against Iman Shumptert’s pressure defense, or
      2. The Pacers, who feature several excellent defenders including Paul George and whose defense is anchored by Roy Hibbert, who has been great at challenging drives to the rim. Plus, Tyler Hansborough has never been afraid to mix things up in the paint.

      If they somehow beat either one of those teams, they then have a good chance of being up against the Memphis Grizzlies in the Finals, who are a hard-nosed, defense-first team with several excellent defenders, including Tony Allen.

      So if Rose truly was nervous about physical playoff series, he would have ruled himself out of the playoffs. The Bulls are unlikely to face any “finesse” teams from here on out.

  2. money2long - May 9, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    Kurt, Kay Adams is a pretty woman.

  3. phillyphil005 - May 9, 2013 at 9:33 PM

    Complete speculation at its finest.

    Throw this on top of the heap of other worthless speculative turds Kurt continually squeezes out.

  4. hwatt - May 9, 2013 at 11:28 PM

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    • hwatt - May 9, 2013 at 11:29 PM


  5. supremekingz - May 10, 2013 at 3:23 AM

    So sick of Derrick Rose. I know it would be a miracle, but I hope the Bulls shock the world and beat the HEAT without Derrick Rose so that they get the shine and D-Rose doesn’t. They’ve already accomplished so much without him this season and they deserve more credit. Instead it’s story after story about D-Rose

  6. solomon151 - May 10, 2013 at 7:56 AM

    The media just won’t leave him alone. I’m a Bulls fan and I have no issue with him. I don’t want him to come back half speed. I want him to come back as the killer he was before he left. I guess nobody realize the fact of him saying he wasn’t ready yet could be from last year. He tried to come back after being injured half the year only to blow out his ACL. D.Rose will be back only when he’s ready to come back. Until then, Let’s Go Chicago!! Beat The Heat!!!

    • heat256 - May 10, 2013 at 9:28 AM

      I think the larger issue is that he keeps teasing maybe he’ll come back. There should come a point where it’s impractical to do so (which I personally think there was before the playoffs), and since there hasn’t been a declaration one way or another it’s going to be a story. It’s partly Rose’s fault and partly the Bulls’ fault as they said he was cleared to play, which started this shytstorm.

      • ccshocktalk - May 10, 2013 at 10:21 AM

        I agree. Rose just needs to shut the door completely and say there is no way I am coming back. Not, it’s a day to day issue because it truly isn’t. This guy clearly doesn’t have the mindset that he has healed up, he doesn’t feel his body is there and that he can cut like he wants to.

        It would be better for him and all of the fans involved for him to say that there is basically no way in hell I’m coming back. And he also doesn’t want to screw up the chemistry they have formulated kind of like what happened with Orlando when Nelson came back early for the NBA finals against the Lakers in 2009. They were better off without him. Not that they would have won but it’s the same concept. The team has created a new flow without him out there.

        They really need Luol and Kirk to get back on the court and all will be fine. Bulls in 7.

      • chicitybulls - May 10, 2013 at 10:58 AM

        Not sure what you mean that HE’s been teasing us. He’s said from day 1 that he’ll be back when he’s ready. Logic would say, he’s not ready so he’s not back. The fact that the media keeps asking him day after day is not his fault. He should not say he’s not coming back this year because he could possibly be ready during this playoff run and if he is he should play. And if he’s not then as a REAL Bulls fan I’m perfectly fine with that.

        The media is looking for a specific date which he cannot give them. And because of that they feel that they have to ask him day after day like a kid in the back seat asking his/her parents “are we there yet?” every 5 miles on a road trip. When he’s ready is the date.

  7. trublazer - May 10, 2013 at 9:21 AM

    didn’t Rose play last year with a bad back??? Leave the guy alone.. his coach and teammates are cool with him… and no one knows how this dude feels..

    • Kurt Helin - May 10, 2013 at 6:15 PM

      And a toe injury, and some other bumps and bruises….

  8. canehouse - May 10, 2013 at 1:59 PM

    I just can’t imagine him doing anything in the overall scheme that will help the Bulls in this series. Sure, it would give the fans of Chicago a big pop… but he hasn’t played in any action with live bulletts and now he is going to come in and play with the greatest player in the world defending him. Add in the nature of what the Bulls have manifested in this series… physical, and borderline nasty… i think it’s best that rose remains on end of the bench… the bulls have achieved far too much without him already.

    • gmsingh - May 10, 2013 at 4:03 PM

      I’ve heard guys on the radio say this same thing. Apparently some are clueless at how bad the Bulls’ shooting gets. Rose could be wheeled out on a gurney and still make more shots that Boozer when goes stone cold.

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