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Derrick Rose no longer using crutches

Jan 13, 2014, 5:23 PM EDT

Derrick Rose

When Derrick Rose last spoke with reporters, he was calling his doubters fools and refusing to declare himself out for the playoffs if the Chicago Bulls made them. He was resilient and relatively upbeat given the situation.

But he also walked to and from that Dec. 5 news conference with crutches, as seen on the right.

Rose’s rehab has been quiet since, but there he’s made one breakthrough.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune:

Derrick Rose‘s rehabilitation from surgery to repair his torn right meniscus is progressing, and coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose no longer is using crutches.

“He’s coming along fine,” Thibodeau said. “He’s doing more and more, but he still has a long way to go.”

At first this seems like great news – and it is for anyone who enjoys watching Rose play – but it’s also a reality check. There’s a huge gap between walking without crutches and playing in the NBA.

If Chicago – which holds the Eastern Conference’s fifth-best record and a 3.5-game cushion for playoff positioning – makes the postseason, I just can’t see Rose playing. Maybe that makes me a fool.

The next step, according to Johnson, is Rose travelling with the team, because the Bulls want Rose around his teammates during his rehabilitation. After back-to-back season-ruining injuries for Rose, that’s probably best. He can’t be filled with happy thoughts when they’re on the road without him.

But simply travelling, like losing crutches, is just another reminder how far Rose is from playing.

  1. socalgal64 - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:33 PM

    “no long using crutches”.


  2. ProBasketballPundit - Jan 13, 2014 at 5:50 PM

    No offense, Dan, but can we not do the Derrick Rose updates? This time let’s just pretend he’s not coming back until he does.

  3. 2016olympics - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:17 PM

    Wicked case of Deja Vu

    • pbtunpaidwriter - Jan 14, 2014 at 1:25 PM

      Hopefully this time he’s “mentally ready” when he’s cleared to play, which is most likely sometime in the regular season.

  4. apkyletexas - Jan 13, 2014 at 6:45 PM

    So – he needs to get back on the court – right?

  5. indrathegod - Jan 13, 2014 at 7:08 PM

    This sure sounds familiar…

  6. asublimeday - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:40 PM

    Why would he come back this year if he didn’t last year? However you feel about Rose, his priority is self preservation. If you think that makes him smart or a jerk, it’s still a fact.

  7. ranfan12 - Jan 13, 2014 at 8:53 PM

    He’ll be back on them before he starts playing again. Terrible humor aside, glad to hear he’s making progress. Now if he can just stay of crutches, I’d rather hear about that instead to be honest.

  8. deavn - Jan 14, 2014 at 2:56 AM

    BREAKING NEWS: Derrick Rose puts a Band-Aid on his boo boo. These Derrick Rose articles are getting old. Knock it off.

  9. belleby123 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:45 AM

    The full report should read: “Rose off crutches but still considered lame.”

  10. shanydawg - Jan 14, 2014 at 3:55 PM

    oh goodie – another 10 months of DR health updates – and prognostications as to how he’s actually better than god without actually playing.

  11. drago2012 - Jan 14, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    No need to come back, our Bulls are on a bridge to nowhere!!! Rose cannot win the NBA title all by himself. We need another superstar on this roster before Rose comes back.

  12. jaymossx4 - Jan 14, 2014 at 8:34 PM

    For this season he is better off getting rehabbed and good for next year while the bulls drop games and get a better draft pick.

  13. jobber33 - Jan 14, 2014 at 9:18 PM

    Finally, now only 2 years away from playing his next game.

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