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.
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.
Bulls’ coach, Tom Thibodeau, said Derrick Rose is “close” to coming back, but there has still been no decision made by Rose. There are only eight games left in the regular season, so if he is going to come back, now would be the time. If he’s not coming back during the regular season, then there is not really a point to make his season debut in the playoffs because he would not be helping the team. The Bulls have had a handful of injuries and getting everyone healthy should be the number one concern, so waiting for next season would be the best bet.
Washington Wizards point guard, John Wall, says he would sit out the rest of the season if he were Derrick Rose. Rose isn’t going to help the Bulls by just playing 20 minutes a game, especially with the playoffs looming. It would be best for him to wait and come back next season when he is actually physically and most of all, mentally healthy.
After last night’s Duke vs. Louisville game, Bulls fans may think that Derrick Rose’s injury wasn’t so bad. Louisville guard, Kevin Ware, broke his right leg during the first half of their Elite 8 game. It was probably the worst sports injury since the Redskins Joe Theismann. Players couldn’t bring themselves together after seeing their teammate suffer such a horrific injury. However, before being carried off the court, Ware called his teammates over and told them to just win the game and that is exactly what they did.
Ware underwent surgery last night in an Indianapolis hospital. Coach Rick Pitino was with Ware during his surgery. This morning, Ware is up on crutches and wearing his Regional Championship hat.
The Miami Heat are in Chicago tonight to try and extend their winning streak to 28 games. They have a great chance with Derrick Rose still out and other Bulls’ players with lingering injuries. It would be the biggest win of the year if the Bulls can pull off the upset and end the Heat’s impressive streak. It’ll take a total team effort and they will have to try and shut down leading MVP candidate Lebron James, who has been on a tear during this win streak. If the Bulls have one of their great defensive games, it could be a battle tonight. It will be a grind out game and everyone in Chicago wants to see the Heat’s streak come to an end tonight at the United Center.
Chicago Blackhawks star Patrick Kane said he thinks the Chicago Bulls should shut down Derrick Rose for the rest of the season. Kane says Rose is so young that there is no point in taking the risk of injuring his knee again. He should just sit out the rest of the season and come back completely healthy next season.
I think it is very interesting to see other star athletes commenting on Rose’s return. When you hear other people say he should sit out, you start thinking about it a little more. Kane makes some great points about Rose being a very young player and it is not worth the risk to come back so late in the season. Sitting out would be best so he can come back 100% and help the Bulls contend for a championship, which is not something he could help them with this season.