The Chicago Bulls and Miami Heat series has already transported us back to the 1990s with its intensity and edginess. If Derrick Rose returns, the drama in this matchup would be worthy of an ESPN 30 for 30 documentary.
Allow me to throw a title out to any would be director, ahem: Bulls vs. Heat: Trash Talk, Fan Flip Offs and the Return of a Star.
That's probably too long, but there has already been so much happening through two games, it's hard to know what to leave out. The magnitude of a Rose return can't be overstated from a commercial standpoint.
We're Talking About a Superstar Here
While the chippy play and unruly fans have grabbed a ton of attention, Rose's return would become the most prominent story. It's not everyday that a 24-year-old former MVP returns to his team after missing the entire regular season.
Rose, Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich have all been ruled out for Game 3, per ESPN, but we have learned the Rose scenario is truly day-to-day.
I would still favor the Heat in the series, but if Rose returns things would be even more interesting.
The fact that the team has played so well without him only adds to the intrigue. The Rose-less Bulls not only won Game 7 on the road against the Brooklyn Nets and Game 1 in Miami; they also did it without Deng and Hinrich.
Could Rose Disturb the Chemistry?
There is some sentiment that Rose may ultimately disrupt the chemistry of the current team. There is certainly validity to that concept.
This isn't a video game or a computer simulation. You're not just plugging in Rose's 22 points and eight assists into the mix and saying, "look how much better the Bulls are now."
He would potentially be playing with players he has yet to share the floor with in an actual game. Practicing with the likes of Nate Robinson, Marco Belinelli and Nazr Mohammed is one thing; gelling with them in the middle of a playoff series is another.
It is hard to say what a Tom Thibodeau-led team can't accomplish, though. He has truly made a mountain out of a mole hill with this team—in a good way.
Though I have been and will remain critical of Thibs overworking certain players (Joakim Noah, Deng and Jimmy Butler), there is no denying his ability to get more from less.
Therein lies the upside to his return and further drives the "what if" scenarios.
Would the Bulls Throw Rose into This Fray?
Another thing to consider is would the Bulls organization give Rose the OK to return in such a physical series.
The teams have been employing a no-layup rule at points during the series. Are the Bulls and Rose ready for the star to absorb a real playoff foul?
So many logical questions and so few concrete answers. Will this series remain just a competitive scrap between the league's best team and a pesky, but undermanned squad?
Or will Rose return and make this the series to watch throughout the entire NBA Playoffs? I'll be watching and waiting, just like you.
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