According to Tim Grover, Michael Jordan’s former trainer (who has also trained Kobe Bryant), Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose should get on the court and play.
Grover said in an interview, “It’s a mental state for some people (and) once he takes that hit and stands back up and sees he’s O.K., he’ll be just as good if not better than before.”
On Monday, the Bulls will enter Game 4 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals against LeBron James and the Miami Heat in what could very well be the final home game for the Bulls until next year. Rose has maintained that he might return to play during the postseason, but with his Bulls team down 2–1 in the current series, time is running out.
Rose has been practicing with the team since February and despite having been declared medically cleared to play approximately two months ago, he says he feels no pressure to return. Bulls’ management, coach Tom Thibodeau and the entire Bulls team have every bit of confidence that he will return when he is ready. End of story.
Not quite. Rose has credited the support of his family and one of his favorite past-times – watching movies – as the reasons that have allowed him to remain unfazed during the controversy surrounding his comeback. Last weekend he reported that he had been watching the action movie “A Good Day to Die Hard”, starring Bruce Willis, on a daily basis for motivation.
If Derrick Rose is taking suggestions, “Just Wright” starring Common (the hip-hop rapper and former Chicago Bulls ball boy) is a good romantic comedy about an NBA player who finds love and the courage to return to the court following a severe knee injury. Perhaps this movie, more than the opinion of MJ’s trainer, will lead him back to the game he loves.
Hollie M. Woods is a writer for Rant Sports covering the Chicago Bulls and the NBA. “Like” her on Facebook.