Since tearing his ACL last April, Rose's arduous journey back toward the hardwood has been well-documented, and his dedication to doing so on constant display. This same "journey" has also failed to present concrete direction.
Rose has made it abundantly clear that he will sit the entire year if he needs to. Inside of 10 games to go in the NBA's regular season, remaining on the sidelines for the rest of the year is a legitimate possibility.
With every mention of the point guard dunking and slashing again, though, hope spreads that his return to the floor is imminent, and that he'll be ready for the playoffs. Which would be great.
Or would it?
Few of us expected Rose to miss the entire year. Even more of us believed he would've been back by now. Adidas' The Return campaign seemed to suggest that Rose wasn't only hell-bent on playing this season, but likely to.
Now, with the Bulls preparing to embark on their postseason campaign, we're not just unsure if his return is likely, but we're left to wonder if it's even worth it.
Having spent more than 70 games without the former MVP, the Bulls are who they are.
And there's no telling if "who they are" stands to improve with Rose at this point.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports, 82games.com and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.