No one knows when Derrick Rose will return to the Bulls. Furthermore, no one knows if his return will even take place this season. A few weeks ago, the injured star made headlines when he said that he would not rule out missing the season if he still does not feel right.
For Bulls fans, this was not the greatest news in the world to hear. However, here are few reasons why Rose missing the remainder of the season may not be such a bad thing.
Premature return could spell trouble
One of the keys in recovering from an injury is not to come back before the injury has fully healed. While teammates have stated that Rose looks good in practice, even he admits there is a ways to go before he can be considered ready for the rigors of an NBA game.
Another factor to consider in coming back too soon is the risk of re-aggravating the injury. If Rose did return prematurely, there is a good chance he could hurt his knee again, thus setting him back even further in the recovery process.
State of the Team
Despite a recent 102-72 drubbing at the hands of the Oklahoma City Thunder, the Bulls are a respectable eight games over .500 at 32-24, positioning them as the sixth seed in the conference. Not too bad when you consider the number of injuries the team has been plagued with this year in addition to Rose being out of the lineup.
Without the injuries to Kirk Hinrich and Rip Hamilton, the team could easily have three or four more wins under their belt. While the team does struggle to score at times, Rose will not instantly turn the Bulls into a team that will score 100 points every night.
Rose’s return does not equal championship
Bulls fans will hate me for saying this, but the Bulls are not winning the championship this year, even with Rose in the lineup.
First of all, it will take some time for Rose to return to the player he was before he injured his ACL and 20-30 games is not enough time for that to happen.
Secondly, even if Rose did play exceptionally well upon returning to the lineup, the Bulls are not championship material right now.
In watching games against the Miami Heat and the Thunder the past week, it was evident the Bulls were the inferior team in both outings. Rose alone cannot lift this team to title-contender status.
With all of this being said, it would be beneficial if Rose waited until next year to make his return. He will have the full season to get acclimated to game shape and there will be no pressure to perform at a high level, as would be the case if he were to return in the near future while the team is making a push for the postseason.