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Derrick Rose’s Recent Struggles Are Why He Did Not Come Back Last Season

Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose Was Very Smart Not Playing Last Season, To Avoid This Type of Start

Howard Smith – USA TODAY Sports

Fans are concerned and asking questions the first week of the season like, what’s up with Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose? He has not looked like any parts of the player people remember a few years ago. That’s because he is coming back from a devastating knee injury that kept him out for 18 months.

Rose’s recent struggles to start this season are the reason why he did not want to come back last season. When someone of his caliber rips up their knee the way he did and comes back too early, you have difficulties. You can’t just come back and play at a high level right away when any parts of the body are physically messed up. Fans, media and people around the league need to hold back the high expectations on Rose. He is trying his best to get back up to speed, but it will take some time.

Rose is very hard on himself this season and blaming himself for the team’s slow start. The chemistry is lacking and some of the other players like Luol Deng and Joakim Noah have to get back to playing at All-Star levels. Once those guys and others step up, it will help D. Rose get back on track. Rose himself will have to play through this recent slump to get back to that elite level. It just doesn’t happen overnight or through three games. It might take ten games or even twenty games. I believe once he hits that 20-game mark, you will see full glimpses of the Derrick Rose we all know and love.

We all knew this was not going to be an easy process. Rose was very smart for sitting out the entire last season to avoid what’s happening to him now. It might have been a worst start if he played last season. D. Rose will get over this recent funk that he’s in and have the breakout string of games in no time. Patience is the key and the former MVP will be on top on once again.

Courtney Harden is a Chicago Bulls writer for Follow him on Twitter @courtney110979, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.