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I'll be the first to admit that this is not playing out at all as I thought it would. If anything, I thought Derrick Rose would be fighting management to get back in while the suits within the Chicago Bulls would have the anxiety.
Instead, it appears to be just the reverse.
It's been almost a year since Rose tore his ACL on April 28, 2012. He was cleared to play by doctors on March 9 of this year. But since then, the closest Rose has gotten to in-game action are scrimmages. Rose's coach, Tom Thibodeau, was quoted in the Chicago Sun-Times as saying "only (Rose) knows" when—or if—he'll make his return.
If the Bulls' first-round playoff opponent turns out to be the Brooklyn Nets, I have good bulletin-board fodder to incite Rose to play, the way Vin Scully incited Kirk Gibson in 1988.
Scully told a national audience before Game 1 of the World Series that Gibson, the Dodgers' clubhouse leader, "will not be there for them tonight." Gibson, in the trainer's room, was lit up by the presumptuous nature of Scully's pronouncement. He limped onto the field, and the rest is history: one of the most memorable home runs in baseball history.
Well, Derrick, feast your eyes on this New York Daily News piece. Remember, the Daily News caters to the Brooklyn area. On April 12, the paper published an article with this headline: Report: "Nobody expects" Derrick Rose to return for the playoffs.
Nobody expects it, Derrick. That means everybody thinks you're done for the year. Finished. Out.
I say, summon your inner Willis Reed and let them know just what "they" can do with their expectations.