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Derrick Rose's Return Should Be Unrelated to Bulls' Deadline Activity

BOSTON, MA - JANUARY 16:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls warms up 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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Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IFebruary 22, 2013

The Chicago Bulls didn't make any moves at yesterday's trade deadline, but how that relates to star point guard Derrick Rose's return from ACL surgery is unclear. If you were to ask Rose's brother Reggie, he would say that the roster decisions the team made this season and at the deadline had quite a bit to do with whether or not Derrick will return to the lineup this season.

Speaking to Scott Powers of ESPN Chicago, Reggie Rose blasted the Bulls for not putting enough "quality players" around his brother and said that the lack of a trade could be a "big factor" in the younger Rose's return.

"What have you pieced together? Have you made any moves? Have you made any trades to get better? You know all roads to the championship lead through Miami," Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago.com. "What pieces have you put together for the physical playoffs?

"Joakim Noah is a great player. Luol Deng is a great player. But you need more than that. You have to put together pieces to your main piece. The players can only do so much. It's up to the organization to make them better."

Correct me if I'm wrong, but didn't the Chicago Bulls finish with the best record in the NBA each of the past two seasons with Deng and Noah playing with Rose? They lost in the Eastern Conference Finals in 2011, and that can be chalked up to inexperience. However, last year's early playoff exit definitely wouldn't have happened had Rose not injured his knee.

More importantly, where does Reggie Rose get off saying that whether or not his brother returns this year has anything to do with the moves made by GM Gar Forman and the rest of the front office? Give or take the players the Bulls brought in to help fill the void left by Rose's injury, the Bulls are very much the same team that dominated the Eastern Conference in 2011 and 2012.

This means that Reggie Rose's words hold zero water whatsoever. If anything, he sounds like a fan overly frustrated that the Bulls did not make a deadline deal that involved shedding the hefty contract of Carlos Boozer or bringing a true scoring guard aboard.

The truth is simple. Derrick Rose is, for all intensive purposes, an employee of the Chicago Bulls, and what the front office did or did not do at the trade deadline should have no bearing on whether or not he comes back from his knee injury this season.

If he does return, it should be because his knee is fully healthy and he is ready to get back to playing regularly. If he does not come back, it should be because he wants to spend extra time on his rehab and not risk re-injuring himself—not because he's upset with team management for not bringing in extra help. Rose is more mature than that.

Thus, to take anything Reggie Rose has said seriously on this matter is ludicrous. Derrick Rose is not a petty headcase who would delay his return to the court over simple roster management, which is something he does not control by any means.

Hopefully, for the sake of the Bulls and their fans, he can get back on the court soon and help them make a playoff run that ends with a spot in the NBA Finals.

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