If we pretend not to listen, will this story disappear?
Look, I’m not gonna sit here and lie to you. I’m starting to get worried. D-Rose looks fantastic when he’s on the court, but this feels like the lockout year all over again. That year Rose had a nagging turf toe injury all season but he played through it. His style of play puts immense pressure on the legs, and that nagging toe injury undoubtedly threw him out of wack, forcing him to over-compensate and straining other areas of his lower body. Eventually this nagging injury reared its’ ugly head in the form of Rose’s first ACL tear. That’s not my opinion, that’s how the body works. That’s science. And that was very sad.
Well, I don’t want to see that happen again. People went nuts recently when Rose said that sitting out games this season is about his future. Sure, he failed to present his point eloquently and gave the internet trolls reason to question his heart, but he was 100% correct. This season is a turning point for Rose’s career, and for Chicago as an organization. If all goes well, he stays healthy and he’s back on track to MVP awards and championship rings. If he goes down with another serious injury we will likely never see the D-Rose of old again. That, my friends, would be a tragedy. I don’t need to witness another Brandon Roy scenario. We aren’t ready for the “Derrick Rose: What Could Have Been” 30-for-30. Derrick, Chicago, the NBA, and anyone who loves the game needs Rose to stay healthy for as long as possible. The game is better that way.
That’s why Rose should sit out as many games as he feels necessary this regular season. He has already tweaked both ankles and now tonight he pulled up limp with a hamstring issue. That’s no bueno. That’s his prior ankle soreness working it’s way up to the hammy. That’s science. Bottom line is Rose needs to take as much time as he needs to get entirely right. The Bulls are a top-3 team in the East with or without him. The first two-thirds of the regular season are just about weeding out the pretenders. There will be plenty of time for him to get in sync with the team and be comfortable playing every day in the last ~30 games. There’s no need to worry about that right now. Please, take your time, Derrick, I can’t handle another year of “Kirk Heinrich: Playoff Starting Point Guard.”