Derrick Rose Back As Soon As This Week
“The Return” may be closer than we thought.
HoopsVibe Very Quick Call: Who would’ve thought the Bulls would’ve done so well without him?
In many ways, this appeared to be a lost season for the Bulls. Derrick Rose’s torn ACL in the first round of last year’s playoffs was expected to cripple the Bulls as much or more than any other potential injury to any player in the NBA. Coupled with the fact that Rose was thought to miss most of this season, the Bulls underwent a lot of house cleaning in the off season to trim the salary cap and get rid of excess parts they were overpaying for.
Exit Kyle Korver, Ronnie Brewer, CJ Watson, Omer Asik and several other players and suddenly, coupled with Rose’s injury, the team looked like an uncertain mess. But amazingly at 24-16 with a number of players other NBA franchises gave up on (Kirk Hinrich, Nate Robinson, Vladimir Radmanovic, Nazr Mohammed, etc) the team is currently the 5th seed in the Eastern Conference. A year ago, the team was 16-4, but with all teh roster movement and Rose’s injury, the team has put itself in a better spot than most people would’ve thought possible.
And today they received word to be even more optimistic; D Rose may be back as soon as this week.
On Monday night, head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose is “very close” to returning to practice. “That’ll be the next step,” he said last night about Rose practicing. When asked if it meant this week, he replied, “Yeah…it could.”
“Everyone has to be patient,” Thibodeau said. “He’s doing his part — he’s showing great patience. Everybody else has to. He’s got to concentrate on the rehab. Guys have to focus on the opponent and their improvement. And then when he’s ready — whenever it is — that’s when he comes back.
“Not earlier than he’s ready. Not later. Our doctors have been on top of it since Day 1. Everyone just has to show patience.”
On Tuesday morning, the plot thickened.
‘‘He did a little bit more,’’ Thibodeau said about Tuesday’s practice. ‘‘He was taking on some contact. He’s doing fine. . . . He’s been cleared for more contact, so we went to the next step.’’
Would there be anything worse than hurrying him back, only to get re-injured or to be less effective than expected? No, there wouldn’t.
Bulls fans, and NBA fans, just have to be patient, especially while the team is doing well.
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