According to the NBA official site, Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is now walking freely without the use of crutches. Rose is expected to begin traveling with the team over the next few weeks, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau. Earlier this season, Rose suffered a torn meniscus in his right knee, an injury projected to sideline him for the remainder of the season.
Last season, Rose suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee which also sidelined him for the duration of the regular season including the playoffs. As a result of his injury, the Chicago Bulls were without their star player. The team also suffered an early exit from the 2012-2013 NBA Playoffs but appeared to have bounced back to rare form during the start of the 2013-2014 NBA regular season until another injury shocked Bulls fans and set the team back from reaching their accustomed high level of play.
The Bulls have already traded away one of their best players in Luol Deng, one would have to wonder whether or not the Bulls would ever consider trading Rose and attempt a team rebuild, a situation highly unlikely for one of the best players and athletes to play in a Bulls uniform since Michael Jordan.
With a lackluster Eastern Conference, the Bulls have managed to hold on to a playoff position despite having a winning percentage below .500, whether or not they will maintain that position is another story. Teams such as the Brooklyn Nets, Washington Wizards, and New York Knicks are showing signs of life and look to capitalize on their success with the clinching of a playoff seed.
Again, the likelihood of Rose returning to regular season play is highly unfavorable but the idea of him returning in time for a playoff run seems to have the possibility of happening. The most important question to ask yourself is, if Derrick Rose was healthy enough to return, would he come back or would he display the same hesitancy towards returning to the basketball court as he displayed during the 2012-2013 NBA Playoffs?
Based on Rose’s history of returning from injury, I would recommend Bulls fans look forward to the 2014-2015 NBA season but anything is possible. The Bulls need Rose more than ever, as the leader he could be inclined to return in the hopes of lifting his team over the hump. Another question to ask is, if Derrick Rose could return late in the season, would it be worth risking re-injury? So many questions, so little answers.
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