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insidehoops 03-04-2013 07:39 PM

Bulls push on while Derrick Rose remains out
Chatting casually with local reporters in the Bulls’ locker room at Bankers Life Fieldhouse after a 97-92 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Sunday night, Derrick Rose admitted to being a little chagrined that every move he makes is overscrutinized and overanalyzed.

Rose being on the bench for the first time since his knee surgery — in a dress shirt and sport coat — seemed to take on a life of its own. Not even Vladimir Radmanovic driving the baseline for a vicious dunk could trump the fact that Rose was not only on the bench, but really into the game. When Marco Belinelli mishandled a sharp pass from Joakim Noah for a turnover that led to a Pacers fast break, Rose jumped off the bench with a frustrated look on his face. I know this because like everybody else, I was keeping half an eye on the game and half an eye on Derrick Rose.

Life was a lot easier for Rose when he played basketball for a living. But as uncomfortable as that might be, Rose can take solace in the fact that his teammates are tethered mentally to the former league MVP even more than we are. Maybe it’s just the time of the season — a long way in, but a long way to go — but the Bulls seem to be taking their cues from Rose more than Tom Thibodeau.

-- Chicago Sun-Times

insidehoops 03-04-2013 08:12 PM

Re: Bulls push on while Derrick Rose remains out
After 10 months away from the game, Rose has built his way back to the point where he appears to be close to playing again. Teammates and coaches have been encouraged by what they've seen in practice because they know that Rose, even as he continues to rehab, can still do things that few other players in the world can do. The issue for the Bulls is that if Rose doesn't come back in the next few weeks, does it really make sense for him to come back at all this season?

Any player who has gone through ACL surgery can tell you that there are ups and downs to any part of the recovery process. Some days the player feels back to his old self and other days the rust can feel overwhelming. As Tom Thibodeau has pointed out repeatedly in this process, no matter how much a player prepares in practice, the game situations are completely different. The Bulls have tried to put together game situations in practices to get Rose more comfortable in his surroundings but there is only so much they can do.

If he doesn't feel like he's mentally able to be the same player he used to be, or close to it, there's not much else they can do. Rose can continue warming up before games and showing glimpses of his MVP form and continue to open eyes in practices, but if he doesn't feel he can be the same player, all of those pregame highlights don't mean a thing.

-- ESPN Chicago

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