Derrick Rose's Failure to Return in Game 3 Shouldn't Impact Expectations

David DanielsSenior Writer IMay 10, 2013

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Those who expect Derrick Rose to start Game 3 and carry the Chicago Bulls to a series victory forgot to set their alarm.

The point guard hasn’t hit the hardwood in athletic shorts all season long. He’s coming off ACL surgery which, contrary to popular belief, is still difficult to return from. The best team in the NBA, the Miami Heat, will also be his competition.

While Chicago Head Coach Tom Thibodeau, according to ESPN, ruled Rose out for Game 3, the former MVP’s failure to defy those odds shouldn’t impact his big-picture expectations of—eventually— leading the Bulls back to prominence.

Alex Kennedy of Hoopsworld reported after Game 2 that Rose could make his long-awaited return as the Eastern Conference semifinals shifted to the United Center. News that it won’t happen (at least on Friday) has put the floor general under fire.

Rose should blame the Minnesota Vikings Adrian Peterson and other recent ACL success stories for heightened expectations of a quick recovery. In much of the public’s eyes, the abnormally fast recovery of one freak athlete gives Rose no excuse to still be suited up in a suit.

Even professional athletes like Arizona Cardinals kicker Jay Feely can’t comprehend that measuring an athlete’s recovery time to another’s—even with a similar injury—is like comparing apples and oranges.

“Quickly stop moving and change direction while running, landing from a jump, or turning,” is what the U.S. National Library of Medicine lists as a cause of an ACL injury. That should sound familiar.

I saw running, landing from a jump and turning.

If Rose returns before he’s physically ready, he’d risk suffering another torn ACL. If he returns before he’s mentally ready, he’d be no use to the Bulls.

In the 2011 Eastern Conference Finals, Rose averaged 5.4 fewer points and 3.2 fewer assists than he had the previous series. LeBron James, who said he’s probably having his best defensive campaign this year (via ESPN), played a major role in that statistical plummet as he guarded that season’s MVP. Rose wasn't mentally scarred from a torn ACL then either.

King James won MVP again this year and Rose hasn’t played since April 28, 2012. James aside, Kevin Pelton of ESPN noted on Friday that the 10 players who have returned from an ACL tear midseason since 2000 played limited minutes and struggled to perform in their first five games back.

Rose’s inability to impact this series should be irrelevant in regards to his future expectations in Chicago.


David Daniels is a breaking news writer at Bleacher Report and news editor at Wade-O Radio.