By Dave Daniels @AllDave_AllDay on April 15, 2014
The Chicago Bulls have chugged along all season without Derrick Rose, and there would be no point in the youngest MVP in league history to try and come back this season. Many blogs out there have tried to claim that Rose will return, and we will not do that here, but will simply outline why Rose returning during the playoffs would hurt and not help the Bulls. Call it an intellectua
For better or for worse, the Bulls have gotten used to playing without Rose, and the point guard could upset the balance of the starting lineup with a return. Obviously, once he has had a full offseason to recover then we could be seeing Rose back on the court with the starting lineup.
The ball now goes through Joakim Noah in the high post, and adding Rose back into the mix would turn the Bulls back into a pick-and-roll offensive team. That would not necessarily be a bad thing in the long haul, but it would screw up most of the sets that they have been working on this season.
I have heard reports that Rose might try and play for team USA this summer, but that would be almost as big of a mistake as playing this postseason. If Rose ended up coming back during the playoffs, then it would sadly not surprise me to see him get hurt again.
If Rose were to return for the playoffs, then they would not be able to work him back slowly like they were trying to do this season before the setback. That is not an ideal recovery scenario for Rose. If I were him, then I would shut it down for the offseason and continue to work on my health.
In the end, the Bulls could win a playoff series or two, but they are not a contender this season. Joakim Noah is probably fuming mad that everyone is counting his team out, and you have to love that kind of passion for the game. Unfortunately, talent and not passion is what usually wins the day.
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