With less than two minutes remaining in last year’s Game 1 between the Bulls and 76ers, Chicago led by double digits. Their high hopes for a run at an NBA championship were destroyed when Derrick Rose landed awkwardly on his left knee, tearing his ACL.
Bulls fans have been chanting his name at games, wanting to see their star player aid Chicago to victory. However, despite what the fans think, Rose will not come back until he feels he is ready to play at game speed.
Meanwhile, Rose’s team fought through adversity and finagled the fifth seed in the playoffs. This past week, the Miami Heat eliminated the Bulls in the second round in only five games, leaving Bulls fans wondering what could have been had Rose returned.
Many critics take a much more harsh approach, placing blame upon Rose for not joining his team as they struggled through the playoffs while he sits on the bench healthy. Despite what some analysts have to say, Rose is not to blame. His future in Chicago is more important than this one season.
Not only would the competition be too difficult a task, but the risk of a second devastating injury Rose faced if he were to come back too soon would be even more catastrophic to the Bulls’ organization.
No one knows the state of Rose’s body more than Rose himself; if he feels uncomfortable playing, fans should appreciate his focus on the future.
Too many times in sports, we see players return from major injuries too quickly and reinjure themselves more severely. Fortunately for Rose, his team’s support helps get rid of the pressure behind a premature entrance.
“Until he's completely comfortable, we don't want him out there,” said Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. “We want him completely healthy."
Chicago just extended Rose’s contract another five years for nearly 95 million dollars last season. For Rose to go down again and waste all that money is not something the Bulls want to see happen.
So while the frustration behind an underachieving season may be a tough pill to swallow for Bulls fans, Rose will be back for the 2013-2014 season at full strength, striving to win a championship for Chicago for the first time since 1998.