As the Chicago Bulls get ready to start the playoffs tonight against the Brooklyn Nets (7 p.m. CST, ESPN) the other shoe we’ve been waiting for all year has finally dropped — sort of. Tom Thibodeau said today that Derrick Rose is “most likely out” for the playoffs, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Now, while there is still a theoretical chance that Rose could still return, this is hardly surprising. Rose has been hinting that he wouldn’t play this year since February and while they’ve continually refused to shut him down, each passing day made it more and more likely that he wouldn’t return at all. Is it disappointing? Of course. But Derrick has to do what’s best for Derrick, and if he thinks that’s sitting out, there’s not much we can — or should, really — do about it.
On the bright side, the Bulls’ home opener next year is going to sell out in a bout .00000000000000002 seconds and that building is going to be loud on a scale rarely seen outside of a jet engine testing facility. But until then, we’ve got what we’ve got. The Bulls are both flawed and hurt. But anything can happen in the playoffs, so we’ll see how it goes.