Can we all stop talking about the most scrutinized left knee in the NBA?
That’s all Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose heard about last season. Fans and media talked and criticized him for not suiting up after he was declared healthy by doctors, but D. Rose did not feel 100 percent confident mentally or physically on that knee. As word has trickled down that he was in his usual form at the Bulls’ first practice, it seems as though he is ready to put the league on notice.
Rose was in full attack mode in the beginning of practice. He was cutting and moving with confidence. He was very aggressive and said there is no more testing the knee. It’s about going all out and just playing hard. His teammates appreciate the confidence he has built and are very glad to have their leader back.
There is a lot of excitement about this first practice, but realistically, Rose hasn’t played a real game in 17 months. He knows that practice is not the real game. The real test will be that first preseason game against the Indiana Pacers. How will he adjust with double teams and defensive schemes against him? He will have to get the rust off and timing with his teammates in those preseason games.
Coach Tom Thibodeau has reiterated that he will not hold Rose back and let him get the kinks out during preseason.
It was a very good sign to see Rose giving his all in practice. Most of his teammates said it was just good to see him out there with them. The more he practices with his team, the better their chemistry will be in the long run. Rose passed the first hurdle to get back to elite status.
Buckle up everybody, D. Rose is coming full force, and that is a scary thing.