For all us Bulls fans, we might as well let reality sink in and put it in our minds that Derrick Rose will not suit up this season, well at least I don’t think so.
Yep, I know Adidas made it look good and inspirational by turning Rose’s grueling recovery from knee surgery to repair a torn ACL into a slick six-part commercial for its pitch man titled “The Return.”
I think I would too if I invested 14 years and $260M in a player; the commercials were great and inspiring, but they were just blurring up what reality really was, Derrick will not be ready this season.
Derrick Rose tore his ACL on April 28th of last year, he had surgery to repair it on May 12th. The healing/recovery time for this injury is usually 9-12 months. Now people, we have to understand that athletes (and other human beings) DO NOT HEAL as quick as Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson; either he is a freak of nature or he found some premium deer antler elixir or magical unicorn horn ointment. We cannot realistically expect the same results for Rose, so stop it!
In a recent interview with USA Today, Rose was being real with himself and the fans on the expectations that he could be back relatively soon, after many estimates had him back mid-season or after the All-Star break.
“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports on Monday in his first extensive interview since the 2012-13 NBA season began. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”
How close is Rose to 110%?
“Right now, probably in the high 80s,” he said. “Far away. Far away.”
It’s good that both the Bulls and Rose are taking the long-term approach with this. Get him back when he’s in the best possible position to return, not when he’s still struggling to find his feet. The Bulls without him have a definitive ceiling, but the Bulls with him at less than 100 percent carry the risk of him re-injuring the knee after ACL surgery; I believe that if he does injure the repaired knee again, he will be mentally done! He will never be the top-caliber player that brought him an MVP a year ago. He will not be able to lead the Bulls to at least the Eastern Conference Finals because he will not have the confidence to take the ball to the hoop. Derek Rose is not a shooting (point) guard, he’s a guard who does his magic attacking the rim. If he doesn’t have his legs, he will not be the D-Rose we all know and love.
If it was up to me, with all the Rose interviews I have heard in the past week, Iwould pt him on the shelf this season. Coach Thibadeau can go into battle with the team he has now and will make it to the 2nd round; this team will be battle-tested and ready to go next year when Rose is ready to go. Miami needs to watch out!