Chicago Bulls fans have waited long enough for the return of Derrick Rose, and many people were led to believe the three-time All-Star was close to coming back.
However, it appears they will have to wait even longer than anticipated, as the point guard is still “far away” from getting back on the court.
Rose suffered a brutal injury that took place on April 28 in which he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. It was an injury that devastated the entire city of Chicago as the No. 1 seed Bulls saw their playoff hopes implode. Fans could do nothing more than to hope and dream about the 2012-13 season when Rose would be able to return, and help Chicago finish what they started.
The 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player has been patient about his situation but has been restless, as many people would imagine. He is able to practice with his teammates and watches them compete from the bench on game days, but there is no urgency to rush back to the court to help them win.
“I don’t have a set date,” Rose said. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”
Considering the team is currently 30-21 and fourth in the Eastern Conference standings, who can really blame him? What purpose would it serve for him to rush back at the midway point of the season just to get hurt again and ruin another year where the Bulls could do something special in June? Waiting to be 110 percent is a very mature decision made by one of the best players in the league.
However, fans in Chicago are having a difficult time watching games without their favorite player making ridiculous shots all over the court. They want Rose back now because in their mind, the return is way overdue. At this point, all they want to know is what stage is the 24-year old in his rehabilitation process on a scale from one to 110 percent.
“Right now, probably in the high 80s,” he said. “Far away. Far away.”
And that is exactly what Bulls fans do not want to hear from the hero of their beloved city. On the other hand, owner Jerry Reinsdorf and Chicago’s management team are perfectly fine waiting for their star to take the necessary time to prepare himself to take the NBA by storm once again.
The good news is the Bulls are doing just fine without him, although many believe they would be at the top of the standings if Rose were in uniform competing.
All Chicago needs to do is stay in the top four, so when The Return finally does happen the team, will not have a large gap to cover in order to reach that number-one seed. And as for now, fans should just be happy watching a solid team compete and possibly enjoy a few new additions to the team with the trade deadline just around the corner.