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Bulls say questions about Derrick Rose’s health won’t be an obstacle in recruiting free agents

Jun 28, 2014, 9:30 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose is one of the league’s most dynamic young stars, and captured a league MVP award in 2011 in what was just his third NBA season.

But he’s appeared in only 49 games in total since then, which include just 10 last season after missing the 2013 campaign entirely and undergoing two major knee surgeries.

There are legitimate questions surrounding Rose’s durability that will remain until he is able to play the bulk of a season (and postseason) without sustaining yet another devastating injury. But the team doesn’t believe those questions will be a hindrance in recruiting free agents to play alongside him.

From Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago:

The Chicago Bulls say they are not concerned about Derrick Rose’s health status being a possible obstacle in any recruiting pitch they might make to prospective free agents in the coming weeks. …

“Not really,” Thibodeau said during ESPN 1000’s NBA draft show Thursday night. “In the NBA, injuries are part of it. And most guys go through a period in their own career when they’re injured. It’s adversity that you have to get past and get over and most of these guys have done that, so I don’t think that’s going to be a big deal. I think they’re going to see Derrick and they’re going to know that he is healthy.”

Rose is expected to be back fully healthy by the time training camps open, and will be active before then in working out with Chicago’s summer league team before attending USA Basketball minicamp in Las Vegas in late July.

Injuries can happen to anyone at anytime, of course, and most players realize that. The Bulls have managed to be consistently good even with Rose out of the lineup; adding him back to the mix makes them a championship threat, and the potential of Rose returning to form is going to be more enticing than injury concerns will be a deterrent.

  1. 2016olympics - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:42 AM

    In a weird way last year’s injury could have been a blessing in disguise, for the ACL has had twice the amount of time to heel. Fortunately, he’s only 26 when the season starts and knee injuries don’t affect amazing court vision nor basketball IQ.

    • kevindoc593 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:16 AM

      basketball IQ? he’s no genius. He’s an above average point guard that stole an MVP because the Media hated LBJ so much in 2011. FACT.

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        plenty of dummies have high sport IQ’s…

        one may have a high basketball IQ and be stupid too you know… happens a lot actually…

      • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:43 PM

        Hahaha. How do you “steal” a MVP award? Too funny. Any other “facts” you want to enlighten us with? Oh, and by the way you use “an” with preceded a vowel, genius.

  2. charlutes - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:49 AM

    Injuries can happen to anyone, but are far more likely to happen to someone with reoccurring knee problems. Love Rose the person. Rose the player is anyone’s guess after multiple surgeries. He might still be MVP calibre. Or maybe he’s a shell of his former self. Or maybe he can’t stay on the court. I wouldn’t bet on him.

    • football58 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:09 AM

      You know Rose on a personal basis?

      • sportsfan18 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

        never said he did…

      • football58 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:12 PM

        When you say you love Rose the person that would imply you know him personally, unless you are a puppet and just repeating something you have heard from someone who does know him on a personal level, but if you want to rely on what other people say which may or may not be true to form your opinion then that’s on you.

  3. jmo1015 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:57 AM

    Penny Hardaway was an excellent talent until the knee bug struck too. Only a very small few professionals in any sport can come back from this type of thing, even then they aren’t the same… but can still be good.

  4. zinger92 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Fragile. Must be Italian.

    • blueintown - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:10 AM


    • 22yearsagotoday - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:11 AM

      He looks Irish but they’re not fragile.

      • zinger92 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:36 AM

        The Christmas Story? No? Never mind then.

      • blueintown - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:48 AM

        Oh, my; that zoomed right over my head. I’m down thumbing myself, and not in the good way.

  5. kevindoc593 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    MVP Caliber?? Dude only got the MVP because everyone hated LeBron so much that season. Seriously, Derrick Rose is very good but he’s nothing special look at the stats if you don’t believe me on that,

    Career 46% shooter, 31% 3 pt, and not only that he’s only 48% from inside the arch. averages less than 5 free throws a game, Sorry but thats not even close to what an MVP should be putting up. He’s very good with good players around him thats it.

    • kevindoc593 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:34 AM

      You can give me all the thumbs down that you want Rose lovers but STATS are FACTS, and the fact is Derrick Rose was never an MVP Caliber player, Lets look at the Playoffs for example Mr. Rose here has a career playoff shooting percentage of a whopping 42% and from 3 hes a more of a dud at 21% there’s your MVP right? Stats don’t lie. Stop trying to make this guy into LBJ or Durantula level because he’s not.

      • hurricanegrabowski - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:42 PM

        Stats are Facts, but you know what, the results of the MVP voting are facts as well. Do you have any proof whatsoever that the voters chose Rose over LeBron because they didn’t like him? Because here’s another fact, the Bulls were 62-20, the surprise of the NBA, despite losing Boozer and Noah for chunks of the season. But Rose, in his 3rd season, carried that team for large chunks of the time, sometimes in sensational fashion. You can act like people are ignoring the facts in LeBron’s favor, but the bottom line is this: You’re ignoring facts on Rose’s side, and are ignoring the biggest one of all: The voters selected him. Until you can prove any bias against LeBron you’re just acting like an irrational, ignorant Rose hater. Get over it. It’s been 3 years.

    • sonnysuave - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM


    • sonnysuave - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM


      • blueintown - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:06 AM


      • kevindoc593 - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:16 AM

        Im sorry i just couldnt resist, lol

    • sonnysuave - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:18 AM

      Stupid cell phone issues. What I was going to say is that… you must be one of those guys that plays like 10 fantasy bball leagues, and watch box scores & continually refresh the page to see numbers change. Yknow… watching actual Bulls games might give you better insight & knowledge about Rose the player. What he brought to the table in 2011 was incredible leadership, heart, and determination that was reflected when the Bulls had the BEST record in the NBA. His demeanor on the court, his unwavering confidence & quiet but killer attitude, filtered down to the rest of the team… and was one of the the main reasons for their success. He’s the go-to guy that’s missing now, and the Bulls sorely miss that. You say his IQ isn’t that good? You can’t have the best record in the NBA, being the best player on the team… without IQ, since the ball is your hands majority of the time.

    • sonnysuave - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      If you put Westbrook who is equally just as talented… I don’t think he would encounter the same success. Now his IQ is just average, tho his killer instinct is undeniable.

    • sonnysuave - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:39 AM

      His level of competitiveness is arguably up their with MJ & Kobe… his dedication & time he spends in the gym, is unbelievable. All these things is what gives him the credibility to his team, and they follow him because of that. Stats say one thing… but everything else about him is what makes him a fan favorite, and always a top selling jersey every year, even when injured.

    • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM

      Did you really just cite career numbers to justify your point that you think Rose wasn’t deserving of the MVP award for a particular season? Wow. That’s all I need to know. Says everything about you.

  6. slick0604 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    No one knows how Rose will be come next season.Why take the risk when there are other teams that don’t have the question marks. It’s just too much of a gamble, buyer beware. Would you buy a used car that’s been in 2 car accidents yet the repairs went fine and the seller is telling you the car is running in excellent condition?

  7. jhb64 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    He will never be the same as he was.

    • kb2408 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:38 AM

      You or no one else knows what he will be when he returns. I certainly hope he’s even better than he was before the injury…and I’m not even a Bulls fan. However, I am an NBA fan and also a Rose fan. Him coming back better than he was will be good for the league and for the Eastern Conf.

    • ranfan12 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:21 PM

      he’ll be rose 2.0 lol

  8. football58 - Jun 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Why would anyone want to come play with Rose? He will never be the same, he will be like Penny Hardaway and Grant Hill after their injuries.

    • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

      And you know this how?

      • football58 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        Common sense

      • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

        Well if sense were common more people would have it. The truth of the matter is you don’t know. Just because it happened to them doesn’t mean it’ll happen to him.

      • football58 - Jun 28, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        Well go ahead and name me someone who basically missed multiple seasons due to injury and came back even close to the same as he was before? It doesn’t happen, just wishful thinking. Rose will be just another guy in the league.

  9. campcouch - Jun 28, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    He’ll be fine. If you’ve ever had a leg or back injury,you know that you try to compensate due to the pain and healing process. A lot of people wind up injuring another part of their lower extremities or back because of it. He also has access to the best doctors and rehab that a team can buy.

  10. c2poke88 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    Rose’s game is more of a hindrance to the Bulls ability to recruit another super star. Rose gets a lot of love from fans and certain members of the media, but there’s a reason other super stars have not made any effort to join him in Chocago. He is an inefficient, score-first PG. Rose is not good enough to be the #1 guy on a championship team. He never was. The problem is that Rose and his fans believe he is, which would be a huge problem if a superior player like Lebron or Melo were to sign with the Bulls. They’re not signing with the Bulls if the Bulls are going to remain Rose’s team. They’re not signing with the Bulls to be the #2 option behind Rose. Rose has not shown that he can be an elite floor general that can spearhead a highly efficient offense. His entire game is predicated on his ability to attack the paint and score at the rim. There is no way that a truly elite player like Melo would want to be considered ‘Robin’ to Rose’s ‘Batman’.

    • blueintown - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:42 PM

      Who, pray tell, on that offensive dumpster fire of a roster would you have Rose distribute the ball to?

      • c2poke88 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:26 PM

        That’s a false excuse. Guys like Korver who have THRIVED as a 3-pt shooter everywhere else he’s played, struggled as a shooter when he played with Rose. There has been an obvious trend of proven offensive players performing below their normal production when they played with Rose, then going back to their normal production after they’ve moved on to another team. The role players have always gotten the blame for what was really Rose’s fault if he really was the player he was the superstar player he was hyped as being. I’m hard-pressed to name one shooter/scorer acquired by Chicago in free agency who didn’t struggle as a shooter when playing with Rose. It’s about time Bulls fans asked why other scorers’ regress when they play with Rose, but go back to their normal production after they leave Chicago.

    • chicitybulls - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:03 PM

      To piggy back a little on blue, what makes you think he’s a score-first PG? He had to score on for that team because they had very few options (and still do). He’s shown he can score. The biggest knock on the Bulls for the past few years is that they have problems scoring. So you want to best scorer on the team to score less? What sense would that make? It’s not like he’s had/have a lot of options. He’s not Russell Westbrook (as much as some people want to make him out to be that). He doesn’t have Durant on his team. If he did, do you think he’d play the same way? If you say yes then that would just show how much you know about this guy. I’m really interested in your answer though and I really hope you do answer the question. The question is why would you want the best scorer on an offensively challenged team to score less?

      • c2poke88 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

        C’mon dude. Rose has played the same way his whole career. He played the same way in high school and at Memphis. He’s ALWAYS been a score-first PG. Stop pretending that he only plays that way in Chicago because of the roster. The very thing that Rose fans love about his game, is also the drawback of his game. Those highlight finishes look great on Sportscenter and on highlight tapes, but a team with championship aspirations need a helluva lot more than that from their “franchise” PG.

      • chicitybulls - Jun 29, 2014 at 12:45 AM

        So no answer to the question. I didn’t think so. And if you’ve only seen him on sportscenter and haven’t watched him play actual gameS then you’re not giving yourself a chance to make an informed opinion and you’re missing out on one of the most talented players in the game. Sorry you’re missing out.

    • seansull83 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:18 PM

      Why are we using the term elite and melo in the same sentence. Melo is not efficient. I am not jumping on the Rose bandwagon, but his play is crucial to Bulls. You say Rose is a drive and score, but he also does pass well, and with his finishing abilities at the rim, your defense collapse in the paint leaving a shooter open. The bulls just don’t have a lot of mid range jump shooters or 3 ball specialists. There are a few PGs that do this, Tony Parker being on of them.

      I don’t know what he’ll do this season. No one knows what he has done to adjust his game.

  11. wilmyers09 - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    rose sucks end of story

  12. ddarqwon - Jun 28, 2014 at 12:55 PM

    I hope Rose returns to form too, but to suggest that his injury history won’t be a concern is just ridiculous.
    He’s an athletic point guard who has missed nearly two whole seasons due to major surgeries on BOTH knees. It would be reckless for any free agent not to take that into consideration.

  13. steelerfanforlife - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:08 PM

    kevindoc593: you sir are stupid and should try watching basketball before you comment!

  14. timcast12 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:09 PM

    I guess we have another person ( Kevin ) who rides on Lebrons.. Well you get the point

  15. boiler72 - Jun 28, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    F the Bulls. GO BUCKS!

  16. scbaby2013 - Jun 28, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Sadly for bulls fans rose is injured prone. Not a bulls fan but I do hope he gets healthy again.

  17. southpaw77 - Jun 30, 2014 at 8:20 AM

    As long as Rose is wearing those plastic “crazy lite” shoes with no foot/ankle support he’ll continue to be hurt. Before the knee issues it was hamstring issues.

    Sorry, Penny Hardaway 2.0
    Wish him luck but he needs better shoes and to learn to knock down mid-long range jumpers so he takes less punishment. My opinion.

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