2012 NBA Playoffs: Chicago Bulls Need to Stay Mentally Strong with No Rose

Karthik TadisinaSenior Writer IApril 30, 2012

Derrick Rose.
Derrick Rose.Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images

Saturday afternoon was supposed to be a day filled with exciting NBA news.

It wound up being a day of bad news for two teams in the Eastern Conference that lost key players to serious knee injuries.

The Chicago Bulls lost reigning MVP Derrick Rose in a win against the Philadelphia 76ers, while the New York Knicks lost rookie guard Iman Shumpert in a loss to the Miami Heat.

The Chicago Bulls learned shortly after the game that Rose is going to miss the remainder of the season.

Rose is clearly the best player in Chicago—there is no doubt about that.

This season was a tough one for the high-flying point guard, as he played in only 39 games while dealing with various injuries but was looking to prepare himself physically for the postseason.

The Bulls held the best record in the Eastern Conference and were looking to do some damage in the postseason.

The news comes at a bad time for a Bulls team looking to make huge strides this season. However, as bad as the news is regarding Rose, the Bulls have to somehow dig deep within to find a way to continue to play hard and keep their mental capacity as positive as possible.

That means that every player on the Bulls roster has to play “big.” Whether that means it is Mike James, C.J. Watson, Kyle Korver or Carlos Boozer, it does not matter. The bottom line is that there must be a total team effort and desire to play hard.

Head coach Tom Thibodeau has had an impressive run as a head coach, but how he prepares his team for the remainder of the playoffs will be interesting to see.

The Bulls have to continue to find a way to play hard and stay positive.