Chicago Bulls Better Keep One Eye on Derrick Rose

By Andy Schmidt
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There was a lot of waiting and watching with Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls this past season. Rose never made it to the court, and Chicago lost in the Eastern Conference semifinals.

The offseason is now here, and there is going to be talk all the way up to the beginning of next season about when Rose will finally come back on the court. I am sure he will be out there for the first game of the year, but there is something burning in my mind that concerns me greatly.

Wasn’t his return between the ears for Rose this season? What happens when he feels a minor pain in his knee? I have a bad feeling that Rose is going to want to sit out again if/when that happens. That doesn’t help the Bulls out at all — Rose needs to figure out that every little pain isn’t the injury happening again.

The Bulls have a great chance to getting back into the championship race next season if Rose can play at 100 percent and at the MVP-level that he was at not long ago. Chicago must be quite leery of where this may go though. I have compared him to other young stars in the Windy City in the past that flamed out shortly after a breakout season. I know he is from Chicago and doesn’t want to let the city down, but the time has come to get on the court and just go with it.

If the injury happens again, there is nothing that Rose or anyone else could have done about it.

Andy Schmidt is a columnist/writer for RantSports. Follow him on Twitter @ASchmidtSports, like his Facebook page or add him to your network on Google.

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