Derrick Rose is going to return...eventually.
That's what we've heard all year from the Chicago Bulls, and it's what we still continue to hear now. Even when head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose probably wouldn't make an appearance during the NBA playoffs, he left the door open for the former league MVP to return.
"He's most likely out but you never know," Thibs said (via Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com).
Great. Grand. Wonderful. Thank you for perpetuating what is an already revolving door of ambiguity. Can't the team or Rose just tell us when he's going to return already?
No, they can't. Rose is cleared to play, but he's not "mentally" ready. Which should be good enough. His team stands behind him, so the rest of us should as well.
But at what point is that not really "good enough?" We've entered the postseason and patience is dwindling amongst fans. You know we've reached Defcon 5 when there is a nut-job who intends to sue the point guard over his absence.
No matter what Rose, his coach, teammates, the fanbase or any maladjusted patrons say, though, there's a case to be made on both sides of the fence—contemptible lawsuits not included.
*All stats used in this article were compiled from Basketball-Reference, Synergy Sports, 82games.com and NBA.com unless otherwise noted.