I’m feeling good. But it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I don’t mind missing this year. My leg isn’t feeling right. Mentally, I still feel I’m fine. I’m trying to get back on the court as quick as possible. But if I have anything lingering on, it’s no point.
These are words spoken by Derrick Rose recently about his recovery. With the Adidas campaign surrounding Rose’s comeback and steady reports from “sources” claiming he’s progressing on time, this statement can send some into confusion. Several weeks ago teammates were claiming to see Derrick Rose dunking in practice, but now Rose is saying he still can’t dunk. Some even said he gained two inches in his vertical jump. Rose said he’s feels he’s about 80% right now and won’t return until he feels 110%. Currently, the Chicago Bulls sit at the fifth spot in the Eastern Conference. Realistically, the Bulls can’t win a championship this year. So should the Bulls allow Rose to sit this season out and bring him back next season fully healthy? I think so. Every person who tears their ACL is completely different. No one will have the same exact results as the next person. The Bulls organization know that they cannot gamble with Rose and should not risk it.He is their franchise player and face of the team. The Bulls are exceeding expectations even though they do struggle on offense quite frequently. If they continue to play hard, they can certainly make the playoffs. They can even make it to the second round. The Chicago Bulls still can have a successful season without Derrick Rose. Sitting him until next season can’t hurt but making him play too early can.
Joakim Noah is planning on joining Luol Deng this weekend in Houston for the NBA All-Star festivities. Noah’s plantar fasciitis must be under control since he made that decision. Last night, he led the Bulls with 10 points and 16 rebounds in their tough loss against the Boston Celtics, 69-71.