Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose isn’t afraid to throw his body around on a basketball court. The kid is one of basketball’s hardest workers, and his body finally broke down last season during the playoffs. After all the contact and falls to the floor, Rose tore the ACL in his left knee on a routine play in game one of the NBA Playoffs last season. It came at a time when the Bulls were leading comfortably. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was heavily criticized for having Rose in the game so late.
After a successful surgery, Rose has been cleared for full practice earlier this week and the team has not set a timetable for his return. Rumors are that he should by next month or so. But considering Rose’s value to the franchise, is bringing him back less than a year after major knee surgery worth it? Certainly Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson came back with a vengeance after his surgery, but that was the exception, not the rule. Considering all the injuries Rose has suffered the last few seasons (back, toe), his body finally broke down. The extra rest isn’t the worst idea in the world.
The Bulls are between a rock-and-a-hard place. Considering their record (currently three games out of the top spot in the Eastern Conference), there’s got to be a feeling that Rose may help the Bulls on a championship run. While I think it’s important to go for it, I am just not sure even with Rose if the Bulls are a championship team. However, if the Bulls make a trade for someone like Kobe Bryant, then the conversation changes. As it stands, they should build for 2013-14.