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Derrick Rose practicing with Bulls’ second unit

Mar 31, 2014, 1:22 PM EDT

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The Bulls say Derrick Rose will not play again this season. Let’s start there.

They’ve always said that and continue to say that. There’s no reason to suspect they believe otherwise.

But until Chicago’s season actually ends, some speculation will continue about whether Rose could return at some point in the playoffs. This certainly won’t end it.

Nick Friedell of ESPN:

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose still isn’t taking contact in practice as he recovers from a torn meniscus in his right knee, but that doesn’t mean he isn’t having an impact. As the regular season winds down, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau knows that while Rose won’t see any game action, he will help when he can.

“We’ll find a way to utilize him,” Thibodeau said. “Right now he’s working more with the second unit so that’s basically how we’re using him, but he’s done a great job with his leadership and he wants to help in any way that he can. So it’s all a plus, he’s coming along, he’s going to be fine, so we’re encouraged by his progress. But right now we’re concentrating on what we have to do the rest of the way.”

I’d be shocked if Rose plays this season, but he can still help Chicago in other ways.

Whether they’re playing the Raptors (Kyle Lowry), Nets (Deron Williams) or Wizards (John Wall), the Bulls will face a quality point guard in the first round. If Rose is practicing with the reserves – even without contact – he can possibly help Chicago’s starters prepare for the postseason. Nobody understands how to simulate a good point like a good point guard.

More significantly, Rose is clearly on track for returning, whether its with Team USA or otherwise.

  1. harshedmellow - Mar 31, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    I really hope he finds his way back to 100%. Just such a bummer when someone as skilled and explosive as he is gets his wings clipped by injuries.

    • jcmeyer10 - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:47 PM

      And his mellow gets overly harshed by fans and the media who have never torn an ACL and expect to be back to playing at an NBA level.

    • casualcommenter - Mar 31, 2014 at 7:01 PM

      So do I. Not a Bulls fan and I was very critical about how the Bulls and Rose handled his injury situation last year, but I root for all players to make a full recovery from injury.

      The NBA is better as a whole when there are more talented players that stay healthy. Whether it’s Rose, Oden, Brandon Roy, Yao Ming, etc., the NBA as a whole gets hurt when some of its best talents have careers limited by injury at a young age.

  2. mikecarter1135 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    He needs to change his style of play. All that jerking and twisting the body ain’t designed for that. He need to get big and play like D.Williams

    • pudgalvin - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:03 PM

      He needs to turn into a slightly above average point guard?

  3. beach305 - Mar 31, 2014 at 2:34 PM

    Here we go again

  4. indyzown - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:26 PM

    Greg Oden 2.0

    • pudgalvin - Mar 31, 2014 at 3:45 PM

      Yup. Remember Greg Oden’s MVP year? Hell of a year he had there. Not to mention the seasons leading up to it where you could watch him develop into a great player. Apt comparison. Well done.

      • jkirby317 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:08 PM

        I think its clear he was talking about knees made of paper mache.

  5. fballlvr22 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:05 PM

    I miss DRose. Come back when you’re healthy.

    signed a true Bulls fan

  6. beach305 - Mar 31, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    It just seems to be the Bulls, are sharing the ball better now then when Rose is in the lineup. I prefer that Rose plays when facing the Heat because the Bulls offense becomes more predictable.

  7. jimeejohnson - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:51 PM

    You can tell the pessimist by the “Rose is gonna get injured again” mentality. It’s always easier to be negative than positive.

  8. casualcommenter - Mar 31, 2014 at 6:57 PM

    “But until Chicago’s season actually ends, some speculation will continue about whether Rose could return at some point in the playoffs. This certainly won’t end it.”

    It should. He’s not even taking full contact in practice yet. Last year, Rose had participated in full contact practices for many weeks and still didn’t return, so he’s further behind in his recovery now than he was at this point last year.

    Any reasonably intelligent fan understands that a guy who is not cleared for full-contact practices with just 3 weeks until the playoffs start isn’t going to play significant minutes in the playoffs. The news is encouraging for fans looking forward to his return next season, but it confirms that he’s out for this season. I was a huge critic of how the Bulls and Rose handled his situation last year, but this year, there’s no controversy unless you’re intentionally trying to create one to generate pageviews.

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