Derrick Rose Would Be Wise to Officially Shut Down Any Hope of Return

Alex KayCorrespondent IApril 23, 2013

CHICAGO, IL - FEBRUARY 28:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls shoots while working out before the Bulls take on the Phildelphia 76ers at the United Center on February 28, 2013 in Chicago, Illinois. 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 Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Derrick Rose has left the door open for a return during the postseason, but the Chicago Bulls superstar would be wise to close it now and for the rest of the year.

The last we heard from anyone affiliated with the organization concerning the matter, it was coach Tom Thibodeau stating that he didn’t believe D-Rose would come back, but the possibility of one would loom over the team for the remainder of the playoffs.

According to Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, the coach had this to say before Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round series against the Brooklyn Nets:

He's most likely out but you never know. The playoffs are stretched out, too, so you have to factor that in. So who knows another week from now where he is? You always want to leave that possibility open.

I'm inclined to agree with Thibs, as the Bulls wouldn’t be much better off with Rose randomly entering the lineup at some point in time and trying to push them to another level.

After getting annihilated 106-89 in that opening game this past Saturday, many figured that the Bulls wouldn’t even have a chance to compete with Rose in the lineup. However, the resilient, defensive-minded unit bounced back and stole a win on the road to even the series on Monday.

Chicago managed to score a solid 90 points and hold the opposition to just 82, proving that things will get done this spring even without D-Rose active. They haven’t had him on the active roster for 82 regular-season games and now two playoff contests, so it’s not as if this is a new revelation.

While the Bulls may not be serious contenders for the NBA Finals, they wouldn’t be ready to take on the Miami Heat in a best-of-seven series with a rusty D-Rose participating regardless. This just isn’t Chicago’s year and the organization would be better served retooling and rebuilding for the 2013-14 campaign.

The future is extremely bright in Chicago, so there is no point torturing the fans and potentially distracting the team by leaving a small window of opportunity for what would likely be an unsuccessful return by D-Rose during the 2013 playoffs.