Halloween is coming, and this could well be a question that springs from a horror movie:
What if Derrick Rose comes back and is merely a “good” player?
The whole of Chicago will wail. Chances are, David Stern and the NBA will be plenty upset. And the tenuous balance of power will swing even farther away from the Chicago Bulls. Far enough, in fact, to kiss any hopes of an NBA title goodbye.
Everything we know about Rose says he's ahead of his rehab schedule and is due to make an impact on the Bulls later this season. Hall-of-Famer and Bulls legend Scottie Pippen himself insists that Rose will come back to the team better than before. (h/t ESPN)
So the chances that Rose won't be as good as ever are remote. The chances the Bulls would ever feel compelled to do something about an "average" Rose are microscopic.
Still, it's not a given that Rose will be able to lift back off into superstardom. And if that doesn't happen, the Bulls could be sentenced to extended mediocrity.
But if John Paxson and Gar Forman aren’t at least mulling over the possibility that despite their highest hopes, Rose will return to the floor a mere mortal, they’re not doing their due diligence as caretakers of the team.
Begin the slideshow at your own risk, Bulls fans. And remember, there are more tricks than treats to come.