The Chicago Bulls are struggling without Derrick Rose. They’re hanging on to playoff contention, but just barely and they’re inching closer and closer to the panic button. That’s natural for a team that was considered a title contender (and still is) with Rose in the lineup, but it’s going to cause the Bulls to rush Rose back from his ACL tear when clearly he isn’t ready.
Originally, Rose was supposed to return at the end of this month, but now he says he’s “far away” from getting back on the court. He’s shooting and doing some light practice now, but he’s nowhere near ready to get back on the floor make the cuts, drives and jumps that are vital parts to his explosive game. Rose estimates he’s 80 percent healthy and doesn’t want to return until he’s “110 percent.”
Huge props to Rose for being smart about one of the most devastating injuries in sports (hint, hint, Chicago). If the Bulls bring Rose back early and he gets hurt again (possibly worse this time), then what should have been a Hall of Fame career might never happen. If Chicago wants to contend for a title in 2013, the smart move is to give Rose all the time he needs to get ready for next season. The Bulls can learn a less from the way Kevin Love rushed back from a broken hand earlier this season and how that has derailed the Minnesota Timberwolves‘ season. It’s better to be safe than sorry.