The return of Derrick Rose to Chicago Bulls training camp is every bit the big deal that everyone is making it out to be. Sure, the Bulls made it to the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs without Rose and have a solid mix of talented youngsters and veterans, but that still doesn’t equate to what this team is capable of when the former MVP is on the floor.
After looking solid at training camp in his first few runs at training camp, practicing the first couple of days to rave reviews, the Bulls made a decision that might cause some people a bit of concern. According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times, Rose sat out of the five-on-five portion of Monday’s Bulls practice after participating in a few drills and warm-up activities.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau reassured everyone that Rose was fine, though, saying that resting Rose was something scheduled and not something that was the result of concern or complications. Though there seems to be no real reason to worry here, it still seems a bit odd for a fully healthy player to be sitting out the scrimmaging portion of practice.
Looking past Rose sitting out, though, he’s reportedly looked fantastic. As reported by K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune, Bulls power forward Carlos Boozer had this to say about Rose’s performance thus far at practice:
“His playmaking ability has gotten leaps and bounds better,” Boozer said. “That’s the fun part of playing with him is he can obviously score for himself, but he makes so many plays for us where all we have to do is finish.
“He is stronger and his accuracy from outside has gotten a lot better, which is going to be scary. I think he’s still quick and super athletic.”
Considering that Rose was already viewed as one of the most dynamic and exciting playmakers in the league before his injury, it’s pretty exciting to think about him possibly being better in that area.
At this point, with all of the coverage and all of the anticipation, it wouldn’t be surprising if Rose’s return was viewed as a letdown. That’s not to say that he won’t come out and be a good player, but it almost seems as if there’s no way he can possibly play up to the hype that’s being created around him. Him still taking “scheduled rests” only seems to solidify that.
If you’re an optimist that loves basketball, though, perhaps Rose will be back, will be better, and will be everything we are anxiously waiting for him to be. In the interest of great basketball, let’s hope the latter is what happens.
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