Rose won’t wear red: No return for Derrick
The dramatic twist that everyone is hoping for is unlikely to happen. Derrick Rose will not return for the Miami series, even though the Bulls have shown that they are worthy of a shot. It would have been a dream sequence come true for Chicago–and basketball fans in general, but it will remain a dream. The decision is an organizational one, as the report suggests.
Per CSN Chicago:
While many observers pinpointed April 28, the day he tore his left ACL in the opening game of the 2011 playoffs, as a year since Derrick Rose last played, the eight-to-12 month recovery timetable given by Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole related to the date of his surgery.
Rose’s torn knee ligament was repaired last May 12, which was a year ago Sunday.
Despite erroneous reports that he was set to dress for Game 3, according to a person with knowledge of the situation, the former league MVP won’t return to the court in the series, something Thibodeau is aware of.
However, at the outset of the second round, Rose did strongly consider coming back, but ultimately decided against it, another source said.
While Rose’s absence looms over the series in the minds of fans and the media, Thibodeau said that not only did the Bulls anticipate the frenzy, but insists that it hasn’t affected the team.
“That’s the way we approached it from the beginning of the year. I think from the outside, we knew it would be a big story. But from the inside, the way we view it is, we knew from the beginning of the season that there was a good chance that he would miss a big chunk of the season and the possibility of him missing the entire season,” he explained. “He knew that from the beginning and the way we approached it — and it hasn’t changed one bit from the beginning — is the players that are available, concentrate on your daily improvement and the next improvement that we’re playing, get ready for the game. Let Derrick handle his rehab and then, hopefully at some point — whether it’s next week, next year — he’ll rejoin us. But for the guys who are here, we’ve got to get it done with what we have, and we have more than enough to win.”