Chicago Bulls: Should Derrick Rose Return This Season?

By Tracy Martin
Derrick Rose
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Despite missing superstar Derrick Rose in the 2012-13 season, the Chicago Bulls ended the year much better than expected. Chicago ended with a 45-37 record and made a great effort in the playoffs, eventually losing to the NBA Champions Miami Heat.

If last season Chicago ended with a winning record despite missing their star player then there was strong optimism among the fanbase that the 2013-14 season was going to bring the Bulls back to their former glory with a fully recovered Rose leading the team. Unfortunately, this optimism was tragically cut short on Nov. 22, 2013 when Rose suffered a season-ending meniscus tear in a game against the Portland Trail Blazers.

As Rose recovers from his injury, sources are saying that the former MVP may be contemplating a return this year. But should Rose return to the court or will it just re-aggravate his injury?

Coach Tom Thibodeau had this to say when asked about Rose’s possible return.

“We can’t worry about whether he may come back or not. Right now, it’s been determined that he’s out for the season so that’s the way we’re going to approach it.”

The best possible choice Rose, and the team, should make would be to sit this season out. It’s better to play it safe rather than risk suffering yet another injury. If anything, Rose needs to undergo as much rehabilitation and team practice as need be in order to return to his former athletic potential when he comes back this fall.

Thankfully, this is not a farfetched proposition as Rose has announced that he will be playing with Team USA this summer, representing America in the World Cup of Basketball in Spain.

In defense of the possible return argument, it could be possible for Rose to help the team gain a better spot in the playoffs if he does return. That is without mentioning the positive mental and emotional impact a return would have on his teammates and fans. If Rose is only playing limited minutes and takes it slow on the court, a return could actually be a wise decision in preparing him for a full return to form.

In the end this is a question only one man can answer, and he’s keeping himself tight-lipped on further developments. Rose is undeniably one of the better athletes in the league today, but his history of injuries should give him serious pause if he considers returning this year.

Tracy Martin is an NBA writer for Follow him on Twitter @TracyMartin23 or add him to your network on Google.

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