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Report: Derrick Rose won’t return against Heat, but did ‘strongly consider’ coming back before the series

May 12, 2013, 10:17 PM EDT

Derrick Rose

Consider this the latest installment to the Derrick Rose non-update update series, although if you’ve clicked through this far, we’ll assume you have at least a moderate interest level in the ongoing saga.

Rose met the media at the beginning of the second round of the playoffs, and continued to say his return was “up in the air,” which in turn continued to fuel the fire of hope that he may in fact come back at some point in this postseason.

The rumors reached a fever pitch before Game 3, thanks to a baseless report that Rose might be in uniform for that one, which the folks during the Game 2 broadcast took 10 steps further to essentially lead you to believe that Rose taking the court once the series shifted to Chicago was close to being a foregone conclusion.

As it turned out, there was no change in Rose’s status for Game 3, and anyone paying even a little bit of attention throughout this whole thing could have accurately predicted as much.

Now that Game 4 is approaching, the latest is that Rose is in fact out for the rest of the series, and his head coach Tom Thibodeau is aware — even though when asked, he’ll continue to say he’s day-to-day. But the addendum to that is a bit more interesting.

From Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago:

Despite erroneous reports that he was set to dress for Game 3, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the former league MVP won’t return to the court in the series, something Thibodeau is aware of.

However, at the outset of the second round, Rose did strongly consider coming back, but ultimately decided against it, another source said.

It’s been widely assumed that Rose had never planned to return once the regular season ended and the Bulls were into the playoffs. Not only because of the increased intensity level and physicality (especially in this series), but because of how it might have impacted the players who have played without him for 82 regular season games, plus 10 (and counting) in the playoffs.

This should quell the conspiracy theorists who believed all along that Rose had some master plan to sit the season out from Day One, but the word fan is short for fanatic after all, so maybe the fervor surrounding this whole situation should have been expected from the start.

  1. melkipershero - May 12, 2013 at 10:31 PM

    Im sure Bulls fans are very happy he strongly considered coming back. Makes them feel great Im sure.

    • 2difshoe - May 13, 2013 at 2:26 PM


      A person who lacks the courage to do or endure dangerous or unpleasant things.

      Excessively afraid of danger or pain.

      When he wears the ‘ C ” on his jersey…. well you get the idea !

  2. minilb - May 12, 2013 at 10:34 PM

    Why not have a press conference and call it what it is. Just come out a say that he’s mentally not ready to go and that he will not return this year. And if that is the case Rose may never be ready to return. We’ll just have to wait till next season.

    • tpathi1 - May 13, 2013 at 9:53 AM

      when your amongst the best ball players in the world/ if not the best you never concede to anything. He has a mental edge over all pg’s in the game right now; D Rose’s mind is always in the game, it doesn’t matter if he is playing or not. Thats my take on it atleast.

  3. mp4philly - May 12, 2013 at 10:43 PM

    Oh, ok. Good.

  4. brentwoodjerry - May 12, 2013 at 10:47 PM

    A Dog with Ears

  5. mistercharitystripe34 - May 12, 2013 at 10:48 PM

    I already resigned myself to Rose not playing this season before it even started. I didn’t let the miracle comebacks of Peterson and Ray Lewis fool me. If anything, I’m incredibly encouraged at the development of Joakim Noah as a versatile, All-Star C as well as Jimmy Butler developing into a very solid two-way wingman. If the Bulls can maintain a fairly healthy roster next season, with perhaps a move or two in the summer, this team can contend for years with a nucleus of Rose, Butler, Deng, Noah and Taj Gibson.

    If Reinsdorf was a more ambitious owner, the Bulls would find some way to trade for Kevin Love (who wants out and wants to win) to pair with Rose and contend for ten years. Trade Boozer, Deng and Charlotte’s 2014 unprotected 1st pick. You could trot out a starting five of Rose, Belinelli, Butler, Love and Noah, with Gibson, Hinrich and Robinson and Mohammed as your depth. Your offense would be run out of the pick-n-roll with Rose/Love and Rose/Noah, and you would have two of the toughest rebounders in the game on the floor. One of those boarders is also a sniper from distance.

    • adoombray - May 12, 2013 at 11:17 PM

      That’s such a garbage trade for Minnesota it made me laugh. Nobody is taking Boozers contract, except MAYBE a team somewhere that still has an Amnesty, which, the Wolves do not (Darko). They are also right up against the cap with no room for his salary and are trying to figure out a way to bring back both Budinger and Pekovic and they probably can’t afford both. Deng might be that 3 they need out there, but one his salary is also ridiculous and two if you really want the guy you can go get him as a free agent next summer.

      They just fired Khan specifically to keep Love around, they’re trying to win now and if K. Love can skip the knuckle pushups next season they ought to be able to. Plus, i’m not even sure that Love is a good fit there, because if Bulls fans think Boozer doesn’t exist on defense, watch a Minnesota game sometime, he makes Boozer look like Marc Gasol.

      • melkipershero - May 12, 2013 at 11:25 PM

        You cant amnesty someone you trade for. To amnesty a player they must have been on that teams roster before the new CBA.

      • eventhorizon04 - May 12, 2013 at 11:32 PM

        Agreed. That’s a trade that only a highly biased fan could think is possible.

        It’s not as bad as a, “Let’s trade Boozer + Deng + a 1st round pick for Kevin Durant or LeBron James” trade, but it’s pretty close. The only way the Minnesota GM accepts that trade is if he’s hoping to get fired as quickly as possible – it’s that one-sided.

        Boozer is an overpaid, one-way player with 2 years ($32 million total) left on his deal who gets benched by his coach in the final minutes of the fourth quarter because he’s so bad on defense. In terms of offense, whether he’s on the court with Derrick Rose (2010) or not (most of 2011 and all of 2012), his “ceiling” seems to be 17 points per game.

        Deng is an expiring contract and is a good (not great) 2-way player, but Minnesota isn’t interested in trading away a star player (Love) for an expiring contract – it’s not like they’re planning on making a possible run for LeBron James in the 2014 free agency period. They need to do their best to keep Love.

      • jaerba - May 12, 2013 at 11:53 PM

        “That’s a trade that only a highly biased fan could think is possible.”

        Let’s be fair. A highly biased fan or Bryan Colangelo.

    • cnyphinfan - May 13, 2013 at 8:10 AM

      You forgot the comeback of IMAN SHUMPERT!!!

      • gostlcards5 - May 13, 2013 at 2:23 PM

        I wouldn’t go on and on about that yet. Shumpert is experiencing pain in his reconstructed knee now.

        I think that DRose would be stupid to come back if he doesn’t feel ready, especially if he was just trying to please all the doofuses that think they’re medical geniuses. If he is playing tentative or trying to compensate for his knee, something will go wrong and he’ll be injured again, and NO ONE who likes to watch NBA basketball wants that.

    • JMClarkent - May 13, 2013 at 9:39 AM

      Every team seems to think that the T’Wolves are going to unload Kevin Love for pieces that wouldn’t get your Andre Kirilenko.

      That being said, I am hoping the Jazz can snag him for Golden State’s #1, a Marvin Williams sign-and-trade and the rights to David Benoit.

  6. adoombray - May 12, 2013 at 11:08 PM

    If he came back and didn’t drop at least a 20-10 for every game of the series we’d spend all summer reading “reports” (that word is so meaningless these days) about how he’ll never be the same, supported by some quote from some doctor who won’t be named, and they’d roll out the Grant Hill / TMac / Brandon Roy comparisons, and… you know what why am i even bothering there will be 3 posts about this tomorrow with everyone making the same arguments. Happy Mothers day everybody.

    • 00maltliquor - May 13, 2013 at 1:01 AM

      HAA! Love the post! Exactly.

  7. packfaninvikeland - May 12, 2013 at 11:16 PM


  8. eventhorizon04 - May 12, 2013 at 11:41 PM

    This was so poorly handled it’s not even funny.

    He needed to have either come back a month before the playoffs started so that way he’d have a few weeks on the court to regain his rhythm and conditioning, or he needed to have shut himself down before the playoffs (and deal with a few days of bad press) to get his name out of the news.

    I don’t understand his thought process – he seems to believe that suddenly getting inserted into the middle of a playoff series could be counter-productive to his team (since to describe him as a “bit rusty” would be a huge understatement), yet he doesn’t want to rule himself out for the playoffs.

    Well, if he’s worried about throwing off “team chemistry” by suddenly starting to play, then he should shut himself down.

    And if he thinks he can contribute, he should play now since the Bulls’ season could be over within 3 days – there’s no time to waste.

  9. rgledz - May 12, 2013 at 11:57 PM

    I’m sure MJ is proud. Nice legacy D Rose.

  10. glink123 - May 13, 2013 at 12:36 AM

    Maybe he could just do what he did with his college SAT entrance exams, and pay someone else to play the game in his place? He’s got $355 million dollars in guaranteed contracts with the Bulls and Adidas, surely the little coward can afford it.

  11. bux1022 - May 13, 2013 at 12:43 AM

    Grant Hill?? B Roy? Just sayin!!!

  12. 00maltliquor - May 13, 2013 at 1:09 AM

    Can we please stop writing these articles about Rose coming or not coming back please. Please. Until he actually steps foot on court during a real game, I DON’T WANT TO HEAR IT ANYMORE. (Yeah, yeah, yeah…don’t read the articles then. I know, but I keep thinking it might be something new and relative. It never is.)

  13. ezwriter69 - May 13, 2013 at 2:38 AM

    Leave Britney ALONE!@!!!

  14. bearsstillsuck - May 13, 2013 at 2:45 AM

    Did you just learn that the word fan is short for fanatic from the other days sports nation, and wanted to use it in a post?

  15. listerineman - May 13, 2013 at 7:44 AM

    worst draft ever #1 rose, #2 beasley

  16. gmsingh - May 13, 2013 at 8:07 AM

    Brent, you seem to have your conspiracy theories wrong. Rose has nothing to do with Rose sitting out. Stern called John Paxson and told him that he didn’t want the Bulls to have a chance of beating the Heat in the playoffs, and told him to keep Rose from playing. It’s not like anybody expects the Heat to win if the playing field were level.

  17. gwylie1 - May 13, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    David Lee is playing at 50% with a torn hip flexor that will require surgery. Derrick Rose is 95% healthy and cleared by doctors to play but yet won’t even suit up??

  18. pl4tinum514 - May 13, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    He’s so obviously mentally fragile that he will never win them a championship anyway, so whether he comes back or not is largely irrelevant.

  19. doctordunkenstein - May 13, 2013 at 1:09 PM

    “I smell p***y, is that you Derrick?”

  20. iowahbr - May 13, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    All this Rose now to return in triumph next fall is starting to have the same feel as Howard brings title to Lakers in 2013 did nine months ago and we see what happened there.

  21. scoocha - May 13, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Just retire already. It’s clear he’s afraid to ever play again. Bulls need to start listening to offers immediately.

  22. rajbais - May 13, 2013 at 6:34 PM

    Anyone can consider.

    He’s worried. That’s it.

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