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Derrick Rose says he’ll play Friday vs. Puerto Rico

Aug 21, 2014, 10:45 AM EDT

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Here’s the question that matters on Derrick Rose’s knee pain:

Is this the standard soreness that comes with coming back and pushing through a recovery from knee surgery, or is this the continuation of bigger issues?

We don’t know the answer. If someone tells you they know, they’re selling something. People have opinions on what they think it is, how serious it is, but nobody knows. We’re going to find out as we push into the season.

What do we know? Rose sat out Wednesday’s game but said plans to play Friday night in Team USA’s game against Puerto Rico at Madison Square Garden. That’s what he told Ken Berger of

“Just trying to protect myself, just knowing that this is a long, long schedule and this is the most basketball I’ll be playing in two years,” Rose said. “So I’m just going in, trying to gear up, making sure that I’m healthy….”

Rose went through shootaround Wednesday morning and participated in pre-game warmups. At one point, he said the decision to sit was “a team thing.” At another point, he said, “They gave me the opportunity to go out there and play tonight, and I chose to rest a little bit.”

Then, he said, “I wouldn’t say it’s my call.”

Rose practiced Thursday also, again saying he plans to play Friday.

The crowd chanted Rose’s name at a couple points Wednesday. He said he wanted to play but he knows that pushing too hard for a meaningless summer exhibition is not the call. There’s a lot of team USA basketball left as the team heads to Spain for the World Cup, followed by the marathon of an NBA season. Patience is the right play here. And patience is never popular with any fan base.

Ultimately, it will be a while before we know where Rose really stands.

  1. chicitybulls - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:16 AM

    Patience is fine with me…..and every other sane, reasonable person. But then there are others…. Those that, as you said, “If someone tells you they know, they’re selling something. People have opinions on what they think it is, how serious it is, but nobody knows.”

    It’s ok to re-learn your body after a surgery now before the season starts so you know how to prepare when the season starts rather than do it during the season.

  2. geejon - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:29 AM

    I hope Rose comes back healthy and goes on to have an injury-free, successful career. But as far as this tournament goes, it’s best he’s left out. There was enough of an issue for him, even after not having played a game or practiced in several days, that it was best he not play last night. That being the case, how is he possibly going to be involved in a tournament in which teams play 5 games in 6 days. There’s no multiple days off. If he’s not going to be able to participate in all of them, and not just play but play at 100%, then it’s not fair to cut another point guard like Liilard to keep Rose. It’s not fair to Lillard and it’s not fair to the other players on the roster who should have the best and healthiest players playing with them. If right now Rose isn’t healthy enough to contribute every game like Lillard can, you have to cut him. Let him rest up for the season which should be of far greater importance to both him, his coach, and Bulls fans.

  3. chiadam - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:36 AM

    In the past three seasons, Rose has played 51 games, stalled his own rehab from ACL surgery by refusing to come back when his doctor told him to, had his camp leak rumors about his unhappiness with the Bulls roster, and refused to engage Carmelo Anthony in any meaningful way. And he got a standing ovation in the UC last week every time he entered the game.

    I’d say the fans have been patient.

    • malek773 - Aug 21, 2014 at 12:58 PM

      Rose didn’t stall his rehab, never refused to engage Carmelo, and openly said he has no issues with the Bulls team or management. So every “fact” you just listed is flat out wrong.

      • chiadam - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:38 PM

        Wrong. I’m right. These are facts. Rose’s doctors cleared him to come back in February of 2012. The team announced as much, you moron. He refused. These are the facts.

        The team asked Rose to attend a dinner with Carmelo. He did not. Taj and Noah did. This is a fact.

      • malek773 - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:16 PM

        He was cleared to resume contact drills, doesn’t mean he was ready to play MORON. By the time he got practices under his belt and starting getting his wind back it was playoff time. Why should he play in the playoffs after he hasn’t played all year. That wouldnt make sense.

        Just because he didn’t go to dinner doesnt mean he refused to engage Melo. He talked to Melo. Told him how easy the game would be if they played together. He texted him and said he’d love to play with him. That doesn’t sound like he isn’t engaging him. MORON

        And I’ve never seen or read any article that says Rose refused to go to a dinner.

      • chiadam - Aug 21, 2014 at 5:40 PM

        pay attention to where it says “Derrick Rose’s doctor has cleared him to come back” and then get at me.

    • chicitybulls - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:31 PM

      Well, you dont rehab from a surgery by coming back and playing in an NBA game. You rehab first THEN you come back so I’m not sure how he “stalled his own rehab…by refusing to come back”. And you say he got a standing ovation like he shouldn’t have or something. I may be wrong and if I am I apologize but from what I’m reading it seems like you are out of patience. That’s your right (I guess). I was happy to hear all the support for him in Vegas, in Chicago and in NY over these past few games. Seems like you’re in the minority.

  4. blueintown - Aug 21, 2014 at 11:39 AM

    We do know the answer.

    “I think he’s probably having a little soreness in both his knees to the extent that he is putting the kinds of stress on his knees now that he has not had for some time: the torsional stresses from changes of direction, the moves that we’re accustomed to with Derrick and the beautiful kind of poetry on the court,” Kaplan said. “These are the things we had to wait for. He waited longer than most and that’s appropriate that he did….I don’t think this is something that everybody needs to have alarm about.”

    I’ll take the word of the doctor who performed the surgery, unless he’s just trying to tell me something.

  5. malek773 - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:03 PM

    I mean do people really expect him to not take a few practices or games off? He missed practice and an exhibition. The guy has played 10 games in 2 years. He’s had to operations. Of course he’s gonna feel sore. Feeling sore doesn’t mean his ACL is about to tear again, it just means his knees are getting used to the everyday grind of the NBA life. Will there be concern about this, of course. The guy has had two major knee surgeries in two years. Everytime Rose takes a day off people will be concerned. Until he gets through multiple seasons, not games, seasons without having a major injury people will always be concerned. At this point all we can do is trust Rose and what he says. He has been the most honest with his injuries and rehab.

    • c2poke88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 10:12 AM

      Whether or not Rose would take a few practices or games off is NOT the issue. The real issue as it pertains to Team USA is whether or not Rose should still be on the team when you cannot depend on him to participate in every practice and game. Rose should do what’s best for his body and career. But coach K should do what’s best for Team USA. With all the question marks surrounding Rose, he shouldn’t have even made it to the final cut. So far, coach K has spent more time being Derrick Rose’s “hype man”, than being the hype man for the entire team. Coach K should care less about the public’s thirst for knowledge about how Rose looks in scrimmages and practices. But he fed into the Rose-mania. As a result, a player who hasn’t contributed much (Rose) is getting all the attention, while players who have been killing it on the court (Davis, Harden, Irving, Curry) are back-page news.

      If Rose is going to get all the headlines, then he needs to live up to the hype. He needs to show up every day and dominate. If he can’t do that, then the media should stop talking about him and start talking about the players that are doing that.

      • malek773 - Aug 22, 2014 at 12:21 PM

        Rose has looked like the most explosive player other than Anthony Davis on the team. He’s played great defense, been extremely efficient, and kept the tempo going. There’s a lot of talk going on about his knees and stuff which I agree is not fair to the team, but I wouldn’t blame Rose for that. Thats the media’s fault. Rose missed an exhibition game. That does not mean he is going to miss games in the tournament.

      • c2poke88 - Aug 22, 2014 at 1:50 PM

        Dude, that is just not true. Rose has NOT been the most explosive player on the team. Rose has NOT played good defense, much less “great” defense. Rose has NOT been anywhere close to “extremely” efficient. What are you smoking?!? And please don’t give Rose credit for “keeping the tempo going”. The US plays at the same tempo, no matter who is in the game. Plus, the tempo and flow looks better when Rose is NOT in the game. Are you sure you’ve watching?

        Let me revisit your comment about Rose being “the most explosive”. Even if it was true, that doesn’t mean jack squat! All that means is that he’s really fast and he can really jump. Those are great athletic attributes, but possessing those attributes doesn’t mean he’s playing the PG position well. It’s possible to be both an “explosive” athlete and an average player. Rose is not an average player, but you get my point. There are a few attributes a PG needs to excel at more than “explosiveness” in order to truly be a great PG (IQ, Vision, Facilitating, Make Game Easier For Teammates, Make Teammates Better, Etc.). Rose does not excel at any of those, which is why he’s never been the best PG in the NBA and never should have been MVP. The reason people keep referring to Rose’s “explosiveness” is because he’s given them nothing else to talk about when it comes to the more important attributes required in order to be considered a great PG.

        Stop judging Rose as an athlete. Judge him based on how well he plays the PG position relative to his peers. If you do that, you should realize that Rose has no business being one of the 16 players currently on the Team USA roster.

  6. fnc111 - Aug 21, 2014 at 1:07 PM

    The chandelier.

  7. tmdill18 - Aug 21, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    Chicago fans – to use the words of your White Sox broadcaster, “he gone”.

  8. canadatude - Aug 22, 2014 at 7:32 AM

    Dump Rose and go with Lillard for a roster spot on that team. Better player right now who will be there when you need him.

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