Derrick Rose: Chicago Bulls Should Sit Star PG for Entire Season

Chris Hummer@chris_hummerAnalyst IOctober 27, 2012

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls waits for a free-throw against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 103-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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The Chicago Bulls expect Derrick Rose to be back somewhere in the middle of the season, but for the overall good of the team, he shouldn't even step on the court this season.

Rose is the most important player in the Bulls' current and future plans. No matter how much the Bulls need him this season, his long-term health is more important.

Chicago needs to make sure Rose's knee is not only 100 percent healthy, but as good as it has ever been. He’s a player that relies on his explosiveness to elevate his game from good to great, so the health of the knee is undoubtedly paramount above anything else.

There's no reason to rush him back.

Chicago will already be too far behind Miami and Boston to grab one of the top two seeds if he returns in the middle of the season.

And even if the Bulls allow him to come back at the end of the year for the playoffs, all they would get is a rusty player who would mess with team chemistry.

There's no reason to do that.

The Bulls are good enough without Rose to make the playoffs.

Heck, with the way they play defense, they could even make some noise in the process.

They wouldn't be title contenders by any means, but allowing the team a season to fight together without its star could actually do it some good in the long run.

It would force players like Carlos Boozer and Luol Deng to step up and lead the team during Rose's absence. It could also allow a young player like Taj Gibson a chance to mature offensively.

Still, fans are wondering: “Is this guy crazy? We are title contenders with Rose."

But this just isn't true.

There is not enough help on the roster to allow Chicago to push past Miami or Boston.

Rose is the only real go-to scorer, and he has little to no shooting help on the outside.

It will be another offseason before the Bulls can clear the cap space to make a move for a complementary piece like James Harden.

Why not wait a season and allow Rose to fully recover in the process?

It would be best for his knee and his long-term health, and it would allow younger players on the roster to grow.

The move would be painful for a year, but it would pay major dividends in the future.

Which is why D Rose shouldn’t even see the court this season. It’s just not worth the risk.