Scrolling down my Facebook feed on Monday was rather painful. Monday was April Fools day and my Facebook Feed was cluttered with my various colleagues attempting their idea of an April Fools day prank. There was one prank in particular that seemed to have duped me. This prank was provided by an unofficial NBA news page that posted a status announcing that Derrick Rose would be returning for the Chicago Bulls against the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. The status included alleged quotes from Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau and Rose speaking to the excitement that the point guard was finally making his return. The status concluded with the saying, “April Fools Day.”
That is what Derrick Rose’s recovery from ACL surgery has turned into. It went from being an award winning web-series created by Adidas to a prime example of an April Fools Day prank.
With the season nearing a conclusion, it is looking likelier that Rose will not play this season for the Chicago Bulls. A suggestion that sparked an interesting conversation I had with a fellow basketball fan.
The fan indicated to me, “To be honest, I lost respect in Rose. Had this been Kobe or Michael, both would have been back by now.” While comparing Rose’s rehab to Kobe Bryant’s or Michael Jordan’s is pure speculation, there may be some credence to the suggestion.
When Derrick Rose is on the court, there is no question that he is among the best players currently playing. Rose’s playing styleis one that has garnished respect from fellow teammates, players, and fans across the NBA landscape. But with Rose appearing to take his time and being extra cautious in his recovery from ACL surgery, is that enough for him to lose the respect that he had earned?
In my opinion, no. There is no question that Rose should still be respected. Rose has done nothing to lose that respect. Rose is not Kobe Bryant, and he is not Michael Jordan. Rose is his own player. Anyone that has lost respect in Rose has not watched the countless videos that have surfaced of Rose working out prior to games this season. Rose is committed to being the player he was for the Bulls when he got injured nearly one year ago if not better. That commitment is the reason why my respect in Rose will never be questioned.