With the Chicago Bulls advancing to the second round in the Eastern Conference playoffs to play the Miami Heat, there has been increased speculation that point guard Derrick Rose will make a triumphant return. Though everyone speaking about a possible Rose return in the second round of the playoffs have been the people around the rehabbing point guard, not the point guard himself.
To this point, Rose has teeter-tottered on the idea of his return occurring this season. Under the same breath Rose will say that he is not ready to return but does not close the door on playing this season for the Bulls. However, according to a report from Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports , Rose has already made the decision that he is not going to return this season for the Bulls.
Who knows? Derrick Rose knows. His choice has been made to sit out the season and it includes no provisions for turning back, sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo! Sports.-Yahoo Sports
This can’t come as too much of surprise for anyone that follows the Bulls’ organization. While publicly the Bulls and Rose would leave a false hope that the point guard could return this season, both sides already were aware of the fact that the youngest player ever to win the MVP award was not going to play this season.
That is where the problem lies for both the Bulls’ organization and Rose. It is no secret that both the Bulls’ and Rose have taken public relations hit because of the point guard’s inability to return this season from the ACL injury he suffered over a year ago against the Philadelphia 76ers.
For whatever reason, neither the Bulls’ organization nor Rose want to disclose to the public that the point guard is not returning this season. However, by not being forthright with the public, both sides are leaving the possibility open that Rose could return this season for the Bulls. Since neither the Bulls nor Rose have admitted that the point guard is not returning this season and considering the fact that Rose is medically cleared, that is why fans have the mis-interpretation that Rose is capable of returning this season.
This situation is similar to how the Chicago Bears handled Jay Cutler’s knee injury in the 2010 NFC Championship game. With the knee sprain that Cutler suffered in the first half of the NFC championship game against the Green Bay Packers, it would not have been possible for Cutler to play for the duration of the second half. Instead of listing Cutler as out, the Bears listed his return as questionable and that opened door for criticism when Cutler did not return in the second half. The door was opened because the way the Bears handled the injury gave fans the perception that the quarterback is capable of returning but doesn’t want to.
The Bulls have opened the same door. Because of the fact that the team will not rule Derrick Rose out for the season, that has opened the door for both the organization and Rose to be criticized. Bulls’ fans see the likes of Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson, Luol Deng, and Nate Robinson play through injury and/or sickness and think that Rose, who hasn’t been ruled out for the playoffs, should be on the court battling with his teammates.
It’s a simple designation for a team to determine a player to be out for the season. However, the Bulls’ avoidance of that designation for Derrick Rose is the reason why the organization and Rose will be criticized throughout the playoffs and the duration of the off-season.