The story that existed throughout the duration of the Chicago Bulls 2012-2013 season returned on Saturday when Derrick Rose missed the Bulls’ pre-season game because of soreness in his left knee. The same knee that Rose spent all of last season rehabbing from surgery to repair a torn ACL.
After going nearly two-weeks participating in Bulls practices and pre-season games it had appeared that Rose’s knee became a non-story for the team as they continue to prepare for the start of the season in two weeks. That is why Rose missing Saturday’s game created some initial panic among Bulls fans. Though, there are no signs that Rose missing last night’s game was anything more than a precautionary measure.
Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau indicated that Rose’s day off on Saturday is something that team anticipated.
“We wanted to see where he was today, but he wasn’t as well as we would have liked,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He still had the soreness. So we anticipated giving him time off. We view our training camp as the entire month. So if he needs a day, or a couple of days, we’ll do that.”-Tom Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
This is similar to when Rose was given a day off after the first weekend of practices for the Bulls. Had this been a regular season, the consensus is that Rose would have played. But in a meaningless pre-season game, there was no need for the Bulls and Rose to force the issue.
Bulls executive vice president John Paxson issued a similar sentiment when speaking with reporters on Saturday.
“We never anticipated a straight line,” Paxson said, according to the Chicago Tribune. “He had a little soreness and we are being ultraconservative because it’s the third game of preseason.
“We know there’s nothing structurally to be worried about. It’s just a little soreness. If it was any other player, we’d do the same thing.”-Paxson, ESPN Chicago
The red flags can be lowered. Given the magnitude of what Rose’s return means for the Bulls, it stands to reason that the team will be cautious with their franchise player in the pre-season.
Rose is listed as day-to-day and his status for the Bulls pre-season game on Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons is uncertain.