As Chicago still fumes over the controversial ending of the Chicago Bulls’ loss to the Denver Nuggets on Monday, the Bulls themselves are gearing up for the Portland Trailblazers tonight.
Ah, we’re just screwing with you. The real story here is Derrick Rose.
Derrick Rose spoke to the Chicago media again today, where he dropped a few hints as to when he might be back this season. And by ‘dropped a few hints,’ I mean we still have no freaking clue when or if he’ll be back.
Rose talked about his rehab, his confidence that he’ll be just as good if not better upon his eventual return, and how he has to balance his future against the immediate present.
From K.C. Johnson’s piece for the Chicago Tribune:
Sounding very much like a player who may sit all season, Rose talked encouragingly about what his game will look like whenever he returns. As for when that is?
“It can be tomorrow where I feel I can play next game,” he said. “Nobody knows but God.”
For those excited that Rose may say Friday that he’s ready to play Saturday, listen to more of Rose’s comments.
“Bad,” Rose said, when asked how much he wants to play. “But knowing that my health is the biggest key. I’m only 24 years old. I got the whole future in front of me. I’m just trying to take my time.
“When I got my teammates behind me and they see how hard I’m pushing in practice and I’m seeing how hard they’re fighting for me on the court, it makes me want to go harder. It makes me want to be out there more too. But you have to look at the big picture.”
So, the good news is things are going fine, more or less. Nothing Rose has said would lead us to believe otherwise. But, as per usual, Rose doesn’t seem particularly concerned about the specifics of his return. Some fans may think he’s being overly cautious and he needs to return right this second, but those people are stupid. Derrick Rose will return when Derrick Rose is ready. Until then, sit down, shut up and let him do his thing.