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Derrick Rose Would Be Wise Not to Play for the Chicago Bulls This Season

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 16:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls warms up prior to the game against the Boston Celtics during the game on January 16, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. 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 Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Michael LingbergCorrespondent IIIFebruary 14, 2013

Seeing Derrick Rose writhe in agony on the floor against the Philadelphia 76ers in last season's playoffs was like a punch in the gut. 

His torn ACL meant that he would miss a large amount of time, thus robbing us of arguably the most exciting basketball player in not only the NBA, but also the whole world. There has been something missing from this season, as we haven't had the privilege of seeing Rose contort himself in midair and make mind-boggling reverse layups. 

It's simply disappointing. Of course we want No. 1 back for the Chicago Bulls. But what we sports fans need to realize is that it's in Rose's best interest to sit out the remainder of this season so he can come back in 2013-14 a full strength.

Rose's game is based on his quickness, and also his knees being able to tolerate the force and torque they are subjected to on a nightly basis. For Rose to be completely effective, he needs to be confident that his knees will be able to withstand these pressures that come from angled jump stops at full speed and springs only a kangaroo can achieve. 

Let's be real for a moment; would you rather see Rose come back near the end of the season and struggle to find his former speed? Or would you rather tune into the first game of next season (which would be a nationally televised Bulls game) to see Rose make his triumphant return with the screams of thousands of adoring fans in the background? Wouldn't you rather see him at full speed, as if nothing bad ever happened to his knee?

I vote for the latter. It would be a much more inspirational moment. 

Would you want to see a less-than-healthy Rose play? I'd feel uncomfortable, as if someone else were manning the point guard's duties in some sort of Derrick Rose costume. It's just not the same thing to what we all know and love. 

And besides, if Rose does indeed comeback this season, there's a chance that it'll be too early and he'll have to sit out again. Then it would be even more difficult for Rose to get into the flow of things. A situation like that would be immensely frustrating for both him and his supporters.

We don't need another Gilbert Arenas injury situation. Remember he hurt his knee, came back a little too early several times and was forced to have surgery on his knee a total of three times over 15 months in 2007-08?

That injury essentially sapped Arenas of his golden years in Washington. He was at the height of his powers. Unfortunately for him, it was all downhill for him from there. 

God forbid that happen to Rose. Watching that man has become a treat. How big of a blow would it be to Chicago if Rose lost part of the athleticism that makes him so great? How would that make basketball fans feel? 

This has nothing to do with wanting other teams in the Eastern Conference to have an easier time in the playoffs. This is me, as a human being, wanting Derrick Rose to come back completely and totally healthy. He's the one who has to live with the mistake of coming back too early. 

So please, Mr. Rose. Come back next season fully healthy so you can terrorize defenses once again. 

It's just not worth coming back early.

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