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Derrick Rose’s advice to Russell Westbrook: “Take his time”

Oct 24, 2013, 4:53 PM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

I can hear groans coming out of Chicago (and a few from Oklahoma City) after just the headline.

We don’t need to recap how Derrick Rose missed all of last season for the Bulls as he worked to return from ACL surgery. He had the right to stay out until he felt he could play like his old self again, but he handled the public relations side of it poorly and built up some resentment. Now that he’s back, he needs to keep his head down and just play.

Rose was asked if he had advice for Russell Westbrook, who is trying to return from a knee injury suffered last playoffs, and he returned to a running theme of patience, reports by Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

“Take his time,” he said. “He’s the only one who knows his body. There’s no need to force anything and attack every day of rehab like it’s your last day. Get everything you can get out of it every day.”

Rose believes that Westbrook will be the same player upon his return.

“Oh, for sure,” he said. “He has that type of will and his frame, his body, I think it’s just going to help him become a better player.”

Westbrook was expected to miss the first month of the season at least, but he also reportedly is dunking in practice and is working hard to get back.

That said, Westbrook should be patient. Rose is right. This isn’t about winning games in November, it’s about the next decade of his career. This is something that needs to fully heal, that he needs to strengthen the muscle groups around, and only when he feels like his old self should he return. If it takes a little longer to get it right, so be it.

Still, expect Westbrook back around Thanksgiving, if not earlier.

  1. kingwithringz - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    Well, he is the #1 relator.

  2. antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:15 PM

    Surprising advice coming from this ultimate warrior. Nothing could keep Rose off the court.

    • mogogo1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Yes, I know, in Rose’s position you would have been back immediately. Maybe would have played through the injury entirely and missed no time at all.

      Because why would anybody take their time to make sure they were fully recovered? It’s not like there are millions of dollars at stake and you could end your career early by coming back too soon. Right?

      • antistratfordian - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:25 PM

        “end your career early by coming back too soon”

        Scaremonger much? Rose was at no elevated risk for ending his career early by coming back at the end of last season. His knee was already long past the point of being strong and stable; it was possibly stronger than it was before. The risk for him then was the same as it was for everyone else.

        His only issue was psychological – clearly – as he had intimated himself.

      • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:46 PM

        @mogogo1 – Your comment was spot on with antistratfordian aka “antilogichallucinagen”. I listed a few players for him to consider how stupid his comments were, and while I mentioned Jordan who was injured in his second season and was held out by Bulls management that didn’t let him play even when he was cleared, the real example is all the guys who never made real money in the NBA, tried to play injured, and lost their livelihood.

        I just don’t see how people can criticize players for making sure they’re not putting their career at risk. Another example is TMac. He was one of the best players in the league and he kept pushing himself back and reinjuring himself.

        One guy I’m worried about now is Robert Griffin on the Redskins. I don’t want to end up talking about “how good he could have been”. His injuries were as serious as they get (ACL, MCL, LCL on the knee) and yeah he’s made a miraculous recovery so far, but coming back the way he did was unnecessary and I’m just crossing my fingers.

    • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:34 PM

      @antistratfordian – Your moronic comments get thumbs down from anyone with a brain again. (nice sarcasm there mogogo1 – Not that antistratfordian aka “antilogichallucinagian” will be able to take your point, because his need to be right overcomes logic as he will argue whatever the “other” side is)

      Since you’re so good at researching nonsense to make no points, how about researching how many players have come back early and destroyed their careers in the process?

      Go for it. I dare you! Let me give you a few to start that came back, but were never the same….

      Antonio McDyess (multiple incidents)
      Ron Harper (once compared to Jordan in his earlier years)
      Jayson Williams (he actually never came back)
      Bobby Hurley
      Robert Pack (another one from the school of Denver players that came back early only to screw their careers)
      Brandon Roy (who toughed it out in the playoffs several years ago, knowing that he should have sat out and exacerbated his knee condition)
      And last but not least – REGGIE LEWIS who freaking died because he wouldn’t sit out and get himself checked.

      That tough guy (supposedly) thing you think players should have going on is just pure idiocy! MJ was lucky enough to have the Bulls hold him out for half a season when he was injured in his second season despite being cleared to play. Would you want to have missed Jordan’s career???

      Tired of your stupid ass comments about Rose!

      • antistratfordian - Oct 29, 2013 at 3:59 PM

        Cry more.

      • redbaronx - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:29 PM

        You’re the only one crying!

  3. law1orde - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:21 PM

    I hope Westbrook waits to return until he is completely well, to his satisfaction. He is to valuable to both Thunder and the NBA. For the money he is paid by Thunder, I would think they would also agree.

  4. chicitybulls - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:24 PM

    Good, sane, logical advice.

  5. kb2408 - Oct 24, 2013 at 5:43 PM

    He’s given him the very best advice. Like Rose, RW has to look at the big picture. For those that criticize Rose I have two questions: Would the Bulls have won the championship last season with Rose lacking confidence in his knee?
    Is Rose bigger, stronger and better so far this season?
    I keep saying, just watch, Rose is going to destroy the league this year. He has a great chance to be Comeback Player of the Year AND league MVP. Furthermore, the Bulls are a serious threat to win the title.

  6. rolltidenj - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:45 PM

    Translation: You’re getting paid either way, so take a year off. It worked for me.

    • kb2408 - Oct 24, 2013 at 9:09 PM

      Just stupid.

      • therealhtj - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:54 AM

        While Rose is hardly a cat anyone would accuse of just mailing it in for a paycheck, I also have no doubt he’d have come back early if the money weren’t guaranteed.

  7. tigers182 - Oct 24, 2013 at 6:55 PM

    Rose is going to destroy the league? For 10 games then he’ll be back in the comfort of his own private suite for the rest of the season. Jay Cutler thinks Rose is weak.

    • basketballgod87 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:10 PM

      what are talking about

    • kb2408 - Oct 24, 2013 at 7:21 PM

      Dude, no one who knows anything about Rose’s past can question his toughness, which is basically what you’re doing. The kid is one of the most humble, hard workingest, mature young players in the league. You never hear his name associated with drugs, partying or trouble. Other than they both play in Chicago, he has no similarities to Cutler. And, no, I’m not a Bulls fan. But I love Rose…for all the reasons above.

      • bougin89 - Oct 25, 2013 at 12:01 PM

        I don’t always agree with your comments but you are spot on with this one.

    • redbaronx - Oct 24, 2013 at 11:54 PM

      @tigers182 – Guys like you are just going to feed his fire. Rose is about the nicest guy you could see in an interview off the court, but he’s got a mean streak when it comes to playing the game, and he’s obviously been working very hard, not because he lot confidence in himself, but he needed confidence in the leg. Rose is one of the hardest cutters to the basket and puts tremendous pressure on the ankle. This has just been about him feeling good about his body.

      I think he’s going to make people like you eat their words!

      • chicitybulls - Oct 25, 2013 at 9:51 AM

        Doubtful. Guys like tigers arent man enough to come back and say they were wrong.

  8. dolphindubs - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:41 PM

    @kb2408

    You never hear about LeBron being associated with drugs, partying or trouble either so you love him too right?

  9. rodge1 - Oct 24, 2013 at 10:57 PM

    LMAO

  10. nokoolaidcowboy - Oct 25, 2013 at 7:02 AM

    Another piece of advice…

    Don’t put out a bunch of commercials trying to cause a big hoopla about coming back. Because if for some reason it doesn’t happen, there will be a backlash.

  11. feeleffect - Oct 25, 2013 at 11:27 AM

    Derrick’s my nephew through my first marriage. I’ve known him since he was 3 years old. HE DID THE RIGHT THING BY MAKING SURE HE WAS TOTALLY HEALTHY. PLAYING INJURED INSURES YOUR GOING TO GET HURT AGAIN SOON,ESPECIALLY WHEN ITS A INJURY LIKE HIS. THAT WAS A SERIOUS INJURY. I SAW HIM WALKING ON CRUTCHES AT A FUNERAL IN CHICAGO AND SAW THE PAIN ON HIS FACE. YOU SPORTS FANS DON’T GIVE A DAMN ABOUT THE WELFARE OF AN INDIVIDUAL BUT TO THROW HIM OUT THERE WITHOUT HIM BEING SURE OF HIMSELF ABOUT PERFORMING AT HIS GREATEST LEVEL. YOU ARE THE ONES BEING SELFISH NOT DERRICK. I KNOW HE IS WELL PAID AND HE IS AWARE OF THIS. THAT’S WHY HE WANTS TO BE HEALTHY TO HAVE A LONG PROSPEROUS CAREER.

  12. cheezy123 - Oct 26, 2013 at 8:09 AM

    There seems to be some mythology in basketball right now that “resting” players a certain amount of time and “taking your time” coming back from injuries is going to prevent further injury and prolong your career. There is zero evidence of that.

    • Kurt Helin - Oct 29, 2013 at 7:08 AM

      If “taking your time = letting the injury fully heal” then yes, there is a large body of evidence saying if you come back before it is healed you increase the likelihood of re-injury or injuring another area compensating for what is not yet healed.

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