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You can see this grain of salt from miles away. From wherever you pick up the Damen bus, number 50, in order to shuffle your way to the United Center. Some lone “NBA source” — a single person — is speculating that some members of the Chicago Bulls think star guard Derrick Rose “could” be a few weeks away from practicing. Which would then push Rose’s return to live action closer to late-December, ticking closer to the “eight” in the “eight to 12 months” diagnosis he was given after tearing his left ACL in a playoff game on A
Someone’s playing doctor, and the Chicago Sun-Times’ Joe Cowley is reporting it . And because we’ve just as much insight as we guess from afar — like the source, like Cowley, like the players who might be watching Derrick cut and spin in individual drills every day but have no idea as to Rose’s eventual return — we’re going to play doctor as well.
And point out that the sooner the Chicago Bulls push Derrick Rose into the lineup, the more worried you should be. Because the team doesn’t have the greatest history of acting like the grown-ups in this situation.
First, Cowley’s report , which starts with the discussion that Derrick “could be just weeks away from practicing” with the team:
”That’s the belief that a couple of [the Bulls'] players are under,” the source said.
Rose has been expected to be able to play in games by February, but that has been inferred more than actually stated. Even if the Bulls receive the ultimate Christmas present of getting him back on the practice court just before Dec. 25, it doesn’t mean he’s necessarily ahead of that February schedule — or behind it.
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Some have called for Chicago’s dynamic point guard to spend more time in Chicago, making himself visible to fans and accessible to teammates during home games at the United Center.
The belief here, from what I can tell, is that his teammates would feed off him being around and become motivated, as if Rose was using some sort of pseudo-guilt trip to trick his teammates into raising the level of their games so as not to disappoint the leader of their team.
Let’s be honest, if the current Bulls roster needs to see Derrick Rose more often in order to play at a high level on a consistent basis, the problems in Chicago run far deeper than simply being without the All-Star point guard.
Now, would seeing Rose sitting on or behind the Bulls bench get the crowd fired up? Would his teammates be happy to see him?
The answer to those questions, of course, is a resounding yes.
However, Derrick Rose needs to remain focused on one thing and one thing only—rehabbing his knee.
Right now, neither he nor the Bulls need any distractions, and there would be plenty of those were Rose to be around the team more often.
Current players would be dealing with constant questions about Rose’s status rather than focusing on improving their own games.
More importantly, Rose would be peppered with questions about when he was going to return, and the last thing anyone needs is for Rose to feel rushed—to push his rehab to a point where he suffers a setback.
It’s simply a risk not worth taking.
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