Many fans, especially the Chicago Bulls fans, are looking forward to Derrick Rose returning after the All-Star break due to the anterior cruciate ligament injury he suffered in his left knee during last year’s playoff opener against Philadelphia.
Throughout this season, Rose was showing promising signs of making a full comeback prior to the playoffs, however, during a recent interview with USA Today, Derrick Rose revealed that he will not return until he is fully recovered from his past injury. Rose did not reveal a return date but he reiterated that any return to play could be as soon as a few weeks or as late as next season.
Rose was the MVP during the 2010-2011 season and lead the Chicago Bulls to the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals where they lost the series to the Miami Heat, 3 games to 2. Rose is the most important player on the Chicago Bulls team but surprisingly the Bulls have continued to be a successful regular season team without him. Guard Nate Robinson has helped fill a large void left by Rose; as a starter Nate Robinson is averaging more than 12 points per game and 4 assists, great numbers for a player who plays less than 25 minutes per game. Joakim Noah and Lou Al Deng are representing the team in the All-Star game this year and the Bulls are surprisingly finding success by winning games with defense; the Bulls are among the top-5 defensive teams in the league.
The Bulls are 2nd in the Central division standings behind the Indiana Pacers and if the team can continue to win, they are destined to make the playoffs, but without Rose, the Bulls are more likely to be nothing more than a 1st round and out playoff team. The Bulls recent loss to the Boston Celtics showed indications of the team lacking both leadership, scoring, and a true play-maker.
Derrick Rose is arguably the most important player for the Chicago Bulls since Michael Jordan and in time he has the skill-set to be the best point guard in the NBA, whether he returns this season or next season, he remains the key to the success of the Chicago Bulls.
Will D-Rose return this season?
- Yes (56%, 18 Votes)
- No (44%, 14 Votes)
Total Voters: 32