Since we are in the NBA off-season, it would be a logical assumption to think that the rumors about Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose possibly returning to action would stop, especially since he’s said he will be ready for the first game of the 2013-2014 regular season. However, that hasn’t been the case over this weekend.
On Friday ESPN’s Chris Palmer tweeted out that he heard a rumor that Rose would be playing on Sunday at the Drew League in Los Angeles. He then followed up on that tweet on Saturday that Rose’s teammate in Chicago, Taj Gibson, was the one who invited Rose to play at the Drew League.
For those who don’t know, the Drew League is a pro-amateur summer basketball league that has been taking place in Los Angeles over the past 40 years. 28 teams are invited to play over several weeks and the players range from NBA players, streetball stars, college players and many others. This past week DeMar DeRozan, James Harden, JaVale McGee, Jordan Crawford, Nick Young, Gilbert Arenas and many others were on the floor at the Drew League.
Come time for Sunday’s competition at the Drew League, though, Rose was nowhere to be seen. ESPN’s Arash Markazi, who was in attendance, tweeted out, “Derrick Rose is not at the Drew League and will not be playing obviously. In other news, Clipper Darrell is here.” Good for Clipper Darrell, but I doubt that consoled the patrons there to see Rose’s return.
Though it would be fun to see highlights of Rose’s return to the hardwood in a pro-am game, that idea seems a bit far-fetched. Considering that Rose wasn’t mentally ready to come back for Chicago’s run in the NBA Playoffs, it’s pretty unlikely that he would want to risk coming into competitive basketball in a game that wasn’t part of the NBA. Maybe he will show up in the next week or so at the Drew League, but I wouldn’t hold my breath.