CHICAGO — The bad news just keeps rolling in on Monday for the Chicago Bulls. On the same day that news broke that Luol Deng might be out for the entire season with a wrist injury, Bulls fans were enlightened on the injury to Derrick Rose but it wasn’t the news anyone wanted to hear.
Rose injured his toe against the Minnesota Timberwolves over a week ago, and is still nursing the injury. It has been called everything from turf toe to a sprain but one thing that has been confirmed, by Rose himself, is that it’s not going to heal anytime soon.
Rose admitted that the toe won’t be fully healed, and he therefore won’t be 100 percent, for the rest of the season. He went on to say that it’s his decision whether or not to suit up tonight and play, and that decision hasn’t been reached yet. Head coach Tom Thibodeau gave an update on his stance on the injury after Rose went through an entire shoot around session without much looking out of the ordinary.
“He did everything today,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Each day he’s been feeling a lot better. All the swelling is out. Of course he’s got to warm up tonight to see if he’s good. He’s coming along well.”
Rose may feel pressure to play given the injuries that are all of a sudden plaguing the Bulls. Both Luol Deng and Taj Gibson are out tonight and John Lucas III is a game time decision along with Rose. Joakim Noah is nursing an injury and C.J. Watson and Richard Hamilton both just returned form injuries that have kept them out for the better part of the season thus far.
The Bulls are on a streak without Rose going 4-1 without him dating back to the Wizards game last week. The original theory was rest Rose now at all costs to have him healthy for the post season but with the news that he won’t be healthy no matter what the question of
whether or not starting Rose is a good idea become relevant once again in a not so pleasing way.