Chicago Bulls On Verge of Derrick Rose Returning to Lineup?

By Patrick Schmidt
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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has been out all season long recovering from the torn ACL he injured in the first round of the playoffs last season vs. the Philadelphia 76ers. The former MVP’s return may be imminent, according to one of his teammates.

Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, one unnamed teammate thinks Rose is physically ready to step back onto the court, and has looked like the player Bulls fans have fallen in love with during five-on-five scrimmages in the past week. The only hurdle keeping him from being the Bulls starting point guard right now is what’s between his ears.

That is not uncommon for athletes as they rehab from injuries, especially ones as devastating as the blown knee that Rose suffered last spring. But Rose won’t be able to get over this mental block by practicing any longer, he needs to step back onto the court. Only then can he leap over that hurdle–much like he’s lept over many would-be defenders.

The Bulls return to the United Center on Tuesday for a three-game homestand. After rumors began to circulate that Rose could be active for Sunday night’s game at the Oklahoma City Thunder proved false, it does appear that Rose could be in uniform any day now, after dunking during pregame warm ups.

I don’t think the Bulls will bring back Rose on the road, and were smart to not bring him back against a supremely talented Thunder squad. The decision to instead bring him back at home with chants of “M-V-P” echoing off the United Center rafters is a shrewd move by Bulls management.

The Bulls are 32-24 without Rose this season and have been in the middle of the pack in the Eastern Conference standings all season long. They currently sit three games back of the Indiana Pacers in the Central Division.

With Joakim Noah and Luol Deng making the All-Star team and Carlos Boozer playing as well as he has had during his three-year Bulls career, the Bulls have been able to hang on without one of the game’s brightest young stars.

However, after struggling at the close of the first half, and with Derrick 100% physically ready, the time is ripe for this Rose to flourish.

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