The NBA regular season is a long 82-game grind. Some players complain that it’s too long, and that’s why injuries occur to so many of them. That said, injuries can happen anytime during the season. It can happen in Game 1 or Game 82, so when Chicago Bulls‘ Derrick Rose was seen hobbling after making a fast break lay-up in a recent game, this was big news.
Rose left that game against the Cleveland Cavaliers late in the fourth quarter with a hamstring pull. Bulls fans were holding their breaths thinking, “not this again.” They have seen this movie play out already and did not want to endure another season without their All-Star point guard. Rose sat out the entire season with an ACL tear and is working himself to get back to an elite level of play.
The Bulls reported that this hamstring injury to Rose is very minor. He has missed the last couple of practices to get treatment for precautionary purposes. The Bulls want to make sure he is alright before he steps back on the court. Rose is working hard to get back to 100 percent, but he keeps getting nicked up. It’s only been six games of the regular season, and he has dealt with neck stiffness and soreness in his knee during the preseason.
However, Rose expected that there would be bumps in the road with nagging injuries after missing a year and a half of competitive basketball. His body has to get used to the pounding and contact again. He will get used to it again in due time.
The Bulls have back-to-back games this weekend against the Toronto Raptors and the Indiana Pacers. Rose is very optimistic that he will play in both, but the Bulls will be smart about this and may sit him in the first game. They have a great backup plan in Kirk Hinrich who is more than capable of handling the starting role as he did last season. There’s No need to rush this process — just get Rose his proper rehab and he will be back on the court in no time.