Derrick Rose has no stated plans to return this season, but neither he nor the Bulls have said he won’t. So, you’ll continue to see non-news news like this from Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau. Via Luke Stuckmeyer of CSN Chicago:
“Most likely out, but you never know. The playoffs are stretched out too, so you have to factor that in too. So, who knows another week from now where he is so, you always want to have that possibility open,” Thibodeau said.
A week from now, the Bulls’ season might be over. Without Rose – and with Joakim Noah slowed by injury – that’s looking increasingly likely for Chicago, which trails the Nets 1-0.
Once the Bulls are eliminated, these updates will finally stop, and that’s what it will probably take to end them. There’s no indication the Bulls or Rose will make a definitive statement about the point guard’s ability to play this season, even as they run out of time to do so.
Derrick Rose has missed the Bulls’ entire season and may miss the entire postseason. (Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images)
The possibility of Derrick Rose’s return to the Bulls’ lineup still technically looms, though it grows more and more unlikely with every passing day. We’re now less than a week away from the conclusion of Chicago’s regular season, and with this team’s shaky offense there’s no way of knowing how long their postseason might last. Rose has reportedly met every physical threshold — be it full-contact practice or dunking off of either leg — imposed thus far, but he has yet to return to the court. The privilege of determining when he might return is reserved strictly to the two parties directly involved, yet it’s strange that we’re 11 months removed from Rose’s knee surgery without any further inkling over when he may again play in an NBA game.
At “best,” Rose will mount a surprise return at an opportune time, perhaps energizing Chicago’s offense in the process. At “worst,” Rose may be out until the starting training camp for the 2013-14 season. The latter is hardly a negative result if it’s what Rose needs to be fully ready to resume his basketball career, and it seems increasingly likely given both the stage of the season and the general tenor of the reports that have surfaced thus far. K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune (via PBT) has the latest:
New York Knicks superstar, Carmelo Anthony, says he wishes people would stop rushing Derrick Rose back. He’ll come back when he’s ready, but continuing to put pressure on him is not going to help the cause. Anthony says he thinks Rose should wait until next season to return, so he is 110% mentally and physically prepared. Anthony joins a handful of athletes who have come out and said to let Rose make the decision himself and to wait until next season to make his awaited return.
The Bulls have been playing well of late without Rose. Last night they ended the Knicks 13-game win streak. Just 16 days earlier, the Bulls ended the Heat’s win streak. Rose isn’t going to lead the Bulls to a championship if he returns this season, but coming back next season when he’s ready will make a much bigger impact for the Bulls and the city of Chicago.
At this point, was there anyone left who expected Derrick Rose to return to the Bulls this season?
Those dreams of him returning and leading a magical playoff run needed a foundation to be laid — he would have needed to return for roughly the last 10 games of the regular season. He needs to shake the rust off, teammates have to get used to playing with him again, rotations need to be adjusted and adjusted to. You don’t just plug him in and all is well.
Of course, officially the Bulls are leaving the door open because they have to in case Rose has a change of heart. But nobody expects it.
The college basketball season is officially over after the UCONN ladies won their eighth national championship last night by defeating Louisville. People who were using March Madness to keep themselves busy now have to find something else to do. The latest news on Derrick Rose is that he and the Bulls are on the same page with his rehab. He is not rushing back and the team does not want him to rush back. Both parties realize how important he is to the franchise. Although he has not ruled out a return this season, there are only a handful of games before the playoffs start and many people believe Rose should just shut it down and be ready for next season when he could really make a difference for the team.
Derrick Rose has said he is not opposed to still coming back this season. He is working hard every day and trying to be a great teammate as he continues his rehab. Bulls fans would love to hear a final decision, especially with just six games remaining in the regular season.