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Bulls’ Thibodeau, Forman reiterate Derrick Rose is out for season

Mar 25, 2014, 1:23 PM EDT

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The Chicago Bulls have learned their lesson from last year.

Last playoffs the Bulls wouldn’t definitively say “Derrick Rose is out for the year” and that left a cloud over the team — coach Tom Thibodeau and the players were asked about it daily. It was a distraction.

Over the weekend the New York Daily News reported that the Bulls are expecting Rose back at some point this season. Quickly this week the Bulls shot that down.

Here is Thibodeau speaking to the Associated Press (hat tip Hoopshype).

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was asked if there was a chance Rose could return for the playoffs. “No,” he said. “He’s doing a little bit more, he’s coming along (and) doing some things in practice. But he’s out for the year.”

Via CSNChicago.com, here is Bulls GM Gar Forman on a local radio show.

The Bulls realize that if Rose is healthy and back to his old self next season they are contenders (especially if they make some off-season roster additions to add scoring). The Bulls have since the first injury to Rose taken the long view, don’t expect them to change that now after a few wins.

Bulls management also realizes what happened when Rose returned earlier this season — an adjustment period where they don’t win a lot of games. Bring Rose back in the playoffs and the adjustment period ends your season.

Rose will be back in a Bulls uniform next fall. He could even play for Team USA this summer in Spain at the World Cup.

But please stop with the “he will be back for the playoffs” rumors. It’s not happening.

  1. spthegr8 - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:39 PM

    All that time D Rose has on his hands, you would think he could get a haircut!!

    • jusdre313 - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      lol wth you worried about anothers mans hair… weirdo

    • jusdre313 - Mar 27, 2014 at 12:52 AM

      lol wth you worried about anothers mans hair… weirdo

  2. casualcommenter - Mar 25, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    “Bulls management also realizes what happened when Rose returned earlier this season — an adjustment period where they don’t win a lot of games. Bring Rose back in the playoffs and the adjustment period ends your season.”

    I agree with this. That’s what bugged me about the Rose situation last year. If he wasn’t ready to play after being medically cleared, that was fine by me. He had rushed back from injuries a lot the year before and gotten re-injured, so I could respect his preference to be cautious.

    However, he kept saying, over and over, that he “might” come back even after the playoffs had started. That made NO sense. He was saying that while he wasn’t comfortable playing in the final few regular season games against tanking lottery teams to get into rhythm, he might be willing to make his comeback in the middle of a very physical playoff series against elite competition like the Heat?

    The Bulls should have set a deadline last year – “Either make your return by April or be ruled out for the playoffs.” By refusing to set a deadline, they allowed Rose’s lack of decisiveness to become a serious PR issue.

    • alshonsmeathooks - Mar 25, 2014 at 3:16 PM

      you don’t think that had anything to do with reverse playing dead, hoping that teams waste prep time drawing up how to stop someone who’s out?

  3. purdueman08 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    I certainly hope Rose shows some promise next season. 2 years in a row is not exactly boosting my confidence. If he makes it all the way back, awesome. If not, I hope the Bulls will be able to build up and move on from this quickly.

  4. fnc111 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    Play for team USA this summer? Dumbest thing he could do for his career. He’ll play in less than 20 games next season.

  5. lenbias34pt - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Whether Derrick Rose knows this or not, he has maybe 6 more opportunities to be an impact player in the NBA playoffs. Considering his injury history that is being optimistic.

    The extra rest after last years injury got him what?

    Ask a good orthopedic doctor. After 5 months Rose’s knee simply can’t get ‘more healthy’, from his latest knee surgery (meniscus tear).

    I actually like Derrick’s character. I understand many emotions delayed his return last time. He is human. But i would be shocked if he wasn’t playing again within 2 weeks.

  6. shuttaman1990 - Mar 25, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Kobe would have been back.
    D. Rose just doesn’t have it.

    Lakers all day. Chicago=got lucky with jordan bunch of chumps.

  7. ocgunslinger - Mar 25, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    He needs a transfusion from Kobe.

  8. chiadam - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    Oh yeaaaah!! I remember Derrick Rose. He used to play basketball!

  9. jzone954 - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:15 PM

    I remember the days where the majority on this site were giggling it up saying the bulls would be the team that took out the Heat….

  10. xfactor123 - Mar 25, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    The Bulls screwed themselves by not having him play in the playoffs last year. If he’s going to get hurt at least give it a chance to mean something. If he doesn’t get hurt then what’s the problem. And I don’t think it’s just Rose at stake here. I think Thibs thinks Gar/Pax are losers and I think he’ll be getting a call from Phil Jackson if he hasn’t already. “Wait until next yr” is supposed to be the Cubbies motto.

  11. sizzlazone - Mar 25, 2014 at 6:50 PM

    Derrick Rose is a &itch and a &ussy.

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