The 2012 National Basketball Association season is nearly a quarter over and for fans of the Chicago Bulls, they have to be wondering how much longer their team can hold on without their star point guard Derrick Rose. After Rose’s ACL tear in the first game of the playoffs last season, it was expected to be an 8-12 month recovery time. We have all seen Adrian Peterson’s comeback from the same injury in the NFL so it is possible that Rose could come back just as strong and fast as he was before.
The Bulls are 11-8 and in first place in the Central Division which shocked me when I first read it. I also understand that the Bulls are the only team over the .500 mark in the division with two teams sitting right at .500 so things are very fluid and likely to change but it is shocking that the Bulls are where they are. There are fans out there that would love to see Rose rush himself back so the Bulls can stay in first place but the key for this season is just making the playoffs and if Rose can come back to start the playoffs that is the biggest key.
If I’m Derrick Rose, I’m setting a comeback date sometime in March where I can get in 10-15 games before the playoffs begin to get the rust off. The Bulls could be a very dangerous team in the playoffs with a healthy Rose and a team that could even give the Miami Heat some fits. We will now play the waiting game.
Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports or like his Facebook page.