Derrick Rose's Sore Knee Is No Reason for Chicago Bulls Fans to Panic

Richard Langford@@noontide34Correspondent IOctober 15, 2013

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - OCTOBER 12:  Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls before the game Chicago Bulls v Washington Wizards - NBA Global Games Rio 2013 at Arena HSBC on October 12, 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.  (Photo by Alexandre Loureiro/Getty Images)
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Chicago Bulls fans, listen to this, take a deep breath and relax. Star point guard Derrick Rose is fine. As Nick Friedell of ESPN reports, he was a full participant at practice on Monday.  

This is news after Rose missed a meaningless preseason contest in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday with knee soreness. 

That in itself is little reason for concern. Any NBA veteran is going to be quick to grab a game off in the preseason for reasons that wouldn't slow them down in the regular season.

Shoot, simply hanging out in Rio de Janeiro with Joakim Noah could lead a person to "flu-like" symptoms severe enough to keep them out of a preseason game. 

However, this is Derrick Rose we are talking about here, and anything involving his knee is going to be big news. 

As I'm sure you are aware, unless you stumbled upon this article thinking this D Rose was the only internet-worthy holder of the moniker, the one-time MVP is preparing to grab his first regular season game action since his left knee was surgically repaired. 

Increasing the spotlight on his return even more is the fact that Rose was expected back to the court last year. After a long, drawn-out saga, that never happened. 

I understand how these conditions would give fans a quick trip to panic land upon hearing of anything remotely negative regarding Rose's knee. However, that doesn't mean that any news of soreness is a bad sign. 

Rose himself certainly doesn't seem to feel it is any reason for concern. Friedell passed along this quote from the 25-year-old: "My knee was good. I never was worried about it. I could have played, but the front office made a decision to sit me out. My health is the number one [concern]."

As Friedell notes, Rose was surprised by the soreness. His knee had been feeling well. However, should he or anyone else have been surprised? Knee soreness is part of the recovery process of torn ligaments in the knee. 

Sure, it's been well over a year since Rose had the operation and he has been busting his tail at rehab, but game action takes a different toll on the body—even if it is the preseason. 

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Let us not also forget this team had to take a long plane ride to Brazil. My knees get sore just thinking about the plane ride. Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau is aware of this factor. Friedell passed along this quote from the coach:

I think it was unusual with the travel [to Brazil] that was involved, particularly where we played those two games, and then, we basically flew all night and we had a lot of stuff going on during the day where guys couldn't get off their feet like they normally would because of all the obligations that we had with the league. So, you just want to make sure that everything's good.

You take all these factors into account, and the only surprise would be if Rose's knee wasn't sore. 

I don't know if his knee will hold up for the full season. No one can realistically say that they do know that. However, I do know that the fact D Rose missed a preseason contest with soreness in his much speculated about joint is not a reason to think it wont.