Ricky Rubio’s Return Puts Pressure On Derrick Rose

Dennis Wierzbicki-US Presswire

In less than nine months after tearing his ACL Minnesota Timberwolves‘ guard Ricky Rubio returned to action last week. In limited minutes Rubio’s scoring was unimpressive, but his passing was on point as he dished out nine assists, and had only two turnovers.

Rubio’s return was highlighted by a between the legs pass that not only went through his legs but also the legs of Dallas Mavericks defender Elton Brand. It’s those highlight reel passes that T-Wolves fans have missed, but Rubio’s return has raised questions in Chicago. As fans start asking…

“When will Derrick Rose return?”

He’ll be back when he’s back. I’m so annoyed with everyone trying to rush Rose’s progress. Rose who just passed the seven month mark was given a eight-to 12-month recovery timetable after his May 12th surgery. So let him continue to rehab and take his time, because he’s too valuable to the Chicago Bulls to rush a return.

“I don’t think Rubio’s return has really anything to do with Derrick because I think each player is different and separate,” Tom Thibodeau said. “Derrick is doing fine. We just have to be patient and let him keep doing the things he’s doing.”

Thibs and myself might understand that rushing Rose is not a option, but impatient fans all around are watching him like a hawk counting the seconds before his return. You want my advice? I say chill out, grab a seat, and relax, because it’s going to be awhile before Derrick comes back. Yes, Rubio had the same injury and yes he’s returned before Rose…so what. Everyone recovers differently, especially with the speed, agility, and power Rose plays with he has to be cautious not to rush the process.

They say, “patience is a virtue” and I’m praying Santa brings every Bulls’ fan that virtue this Christmas.

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