The city of Chicago has been anxiously awaiting the return of Derrick Rose and they might not have to wait much longer.
According to Joe Cowley from Chicago Sun-Times, Rose is not only shooting jumpers, but also dunking.
As crazy as you or I want to get about the return of the former MVP, there are concerns surrounding his comeback.
Rose has always been a player to lay everything on the line and Coach Tom Thibodeau has been known to give his starters huge minutes. Although both of those things might not necessarily be bad, it might hurt the star point guard and the Chicago Bulls in the future.
Rose most likely will play extended minutes and could potentially aggravate his torn ACL. Even though the Bulls and the city want to win now, they need to think long term. Rose needs to slowly get himself back and should play only 20-25 minutes.
Coach Thibodeau needs to really control his minutes and resist the urge to play his superstar 35-40 minutes.
I believe the Bulls can be the best team in the league with a healthy Rose. They may be in the No. 5 spot and three-and-a-half games out of the top spot without Rose, but the playoffs are different.
Last year the Philadelphia 76ers exposed the Bulls inability to score without the penetration of Rose. They instantly became a jump shooting team that took tough shots late in the shot clock.
Rose won’t be the same penetrator we were use to seeing. He is going to take jump shots and not be as effective.
If the Bulls want to win the Championship, they’re going to have to wait until the former MVP is truly 100%.