When Derrick Rose tore his ACL in the playoffs in 2012, the Chicago Bulls‘ organization supported him to the best of their abilities. The Bulls waited patiently for Rose to make his grand return to the court. After Rose was cleared, he practiced with the team and even dunked pregame for the fans.
Speculation ran a muck that he would return before the end of the season. Well, that didn’t happen. Speculation then kicked in that Rose would return during the playoffs if he felt the time was right. Once again, that didn’t happen. Rose didn’t even say much about all the speculation while it was going on. It wasn’t until the offseason that Rose decided to discuss his decision to sit out in full detailsand it wasn’t until game one of the 2013 NBA regular season when D-Rose finally returned. After Rose’s latest comments, the Bulls should be prepared to be held hostage again following Rose’s newest knee injury.
Rose has been ruled out of the rest of the season after he tore his meniscus in his right knee. It is quite the shame this is occurring to an athlete the caliber of him, but he needs to focus on getting fully healthy so he can do his best to return to MVP form. Instead, Rose has decided to say he may return for the postseason if he is healthy and the circumstances are right. Wow, talk about deja vu.
Chicago will be prepared to play without him, but as soon as Rose is cleared to play, the speculation will once again kick in regarding Rose’s future. The smart thing for him to do from this point on is to pretend like those comments never came out of his mouth and keep his return possibility to himself until the time is right. If Rose is ready to play during the postseason, good for him and the Bulls. However, if he isn’t and he keeps the Bulls waiting again, this is no different than last time, and once again Rose will be holding the Bulls hostage waiting for his return.
Michael Pidgeon is a Los Angeles Dodgers writer for Rant Sports.com: “Like” him on Facebook, Follow him on Twitter @1AndOnlyPidgeon, add him to your network on Google or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org.