The Chicago Bulls have looked impressive at times during the 2012-13 season with a 24-16 record considering they’ve been playing the entire year without star guard Derrick Rose–who suffered a torn ACL in the first round of the playoffs last year against the Philadelphia 76ers. While there’s no telling what to expect or even when he could return to the court, the Bulls may at least have some good news for this week.
One of the top NBA rumors this week involves Rose and how the MVP could take part in full-contact practice later this week. When Rose went down with an ACL injury during last year’s playoffs, nobody knew what to expect considering there was a slight chance he would be forced to sit out the entire 2012-13 season depending on his recovery process.
Obviously, the ACL is one of those injuries that takes longer to recover and the last thing Rose wants to do is return to the court too soon–which could put his knee at risk even more. At this point in the regular season, all signs point to Chicago at least earning one of the eight playoff spots in the Eastern Conference and they also have to consider whether the return of Rose would hurt the team’s current chemistry.
Of course, if he did return to the court at full strength before the playoffs and looked like his old dominant self–it would give the Bulls that extra advantage against opponents heading into the postseason.
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