Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been hard at work rehabbing his torn ACL ever since tearing it last May. Since then, there has been a plethora of speculation surrounding when he will return to the court. There is a delegation that believes Derrick should skip the season to ensure that he is completely healthy and comfortable.
Simply out, Derrick should play.
Before the Los Angeles Lakers game, Rose expressed, "I think I can do everything, it's just me having the confidence to do it. Just me feeling normal" (via ESPN Chicago). What this implies is that the issue is not physical, but rather mental. There is a clear sense of anxiety from Rose towards getting back on the court.
Rose has been trying his luck in practice, and many have said he looks ready to go, but he will always be nervous to return to the floor until he just does it.
When any player returns from an ACL injury, there is an adjustment period where they must return to NBA game shape. We have seen Ricky Rubio and Iman Shumpert come back from ACL injuries this season, and both struggled to return to form in the short term.
Even if Derrick Rose wants to be at 110 percent when he gets back, that's going to be very difficult. No amount of preparation can truly simulate the intensity and competition of an NBA game, so there will likely be an adjustment period regardless. It is in Derrick's best interests to return and get that out of the way now rather than wait and struggle at the beginning of next season.
Finally, this team is one that was put together on the fly. It would be valuable for the Bulls to see how Derrick Rose truly fits into this team, and whether any of the players the front office brought in are long-term keepers. Most notably, shooting guard Marco Belinelli has been discussed as a legitimate shooting guard to put next to Rose for the future, and it would be beneficial for Rose to get playing time next to Marco and see whether they fit.
In any scenario, Derrick's health must come first. However, if he is truly physically ready to play, he should do everything he can to get back on the court.