We finally have an official update on Derrick Rose’s rehab and it comes from the ma himself. In a video posted on YouTube, the former NBA MVP thanked fans for showing him insane amounts of love and let them all know he’ll not soon be forgetting it.
“Don’t worry about me,” Rose said with a smirk. “I’ll be back on the court soon.”
It’s the first anyone has heard from Rose since he tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls fatal playoff series against the Sixers in April. Rose had surgery the following month and was initially slated for a late February, mid-March return to the lineup. In fact one of the most famous pictures of Rose recently was of him limping out of the hospital with the aid of a walker.
It was a devastating portrait for Bulls fans who were seeing their Knight truly broken for the first time in his career.
But Rose has re-assured fans that all is not lost — in fact things might not be as lost as we all predicted. Some are jumping to the conclusion that the video means Rose will be back ahead of schedule simply because he talked on a video. But he didn’t break his jaw and he didn’t lose the ability to form coherent sentences.
He tore his ACL, one of the most vital tendons Rose needs to perform the cartoonish feats that he does.
Plus, Rose has never been one to be in gloomily spirits. But the video does boost the morale of Bulls fans and after the offseason they’ve endured, Rose injury, free agent crisis and all, it’s the equivalent of parading a hot blonde in front of troops to boost their spirits.
That sounds cynical and it’s really not — who doesn’t like a hot blonde whether it be Heather Graham or Brad Pitt (whoa, stuck in a ’90s vortex).
But in all seriousness, even if he’s not going to be ready ahead of time, the fact that a simple video of Chicago’s Chosen One can inspire that kind of hope in the hearts of fans goes to show that even if the Bulls are butchering their team to save a penny, the fans are hanging in there.
And at the end of the day, Derrick Rose isn’t playing to keep Jerry Reinsdorf under the luxury tax, he’s playing to give the fans of Chicago something they long for — a championship.