Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Report: Chicago Bulls Expect To Have Derrick Rose Back For The Playoffs

The Chicago Bulls are going about their business without Derrick Rose in the right manner this season.

During the 2012-2013 season, the Bulls allowed that season to be all about Rose despite the fact that the superstar never played in a single game that season. Rose was rehabbing from his torn ACL and there were countless marketing videos released to the public as a way to hype up his return. Those videos were released with the assumption that Rose was going to play that season. Once the marketing videos ceased, reporters began to record Rose during practice and before games. Cameras would show Rose making basketball moves and even dunking. Those videos further pushed the idea that Rose would be returning during that season. Rose never played that season despite being the center of attention.

This season has been different. Since Rose tore his meniscus in November, the Bulls have made little mention of their ailing superstar. Whenever Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has been asked about Rose, the coach quickly refers to the company line in saying that Rose has been ruled out for the rest of 2013-2014 season. Furthermore, the marketing videos have been non-existent and there has been little videos of Rose practicing.

That is the right way for the Bulls to go about the Rose situation. Until Rose is healthy and playing with the team, there is little need to shine the spotlight on him.

But lets take a look at what might be happening behind the scenes with Rose and the Bulls. In recent weeks, there has been increased mention of the possibility of Rose playing for the Team USA basketball team in the summer. The idea of Rose playing for Team USA this summer was originally misguided because of the fact that Thibodeau has stated that Rose likely would not be practicing this season. That concern was alleviated with reports over the past week that Rose may in fact practice with the Bulls before the season concludes.

But as the case during the 2012-2013 season, Rose practicing with the Bulls before the season ends wouldn’t signal that he is ready to compete in games with the Team USA basketball team. For Rose to be ready, then the idea would be to have Rose play in games with the Bulls before the season ends.

But the Bulls already ruled out Rose for the season, right? The Bulls may have publicly thrown water on the idea of Rose returning this season, but behind the scenes, the team may be planning for a Rose return. Mitch Lawrence of the New York Daily News reports that the Bulls are expecting Rose to return this season in time for the playoffs.

[New York Daily News]

It’s no joke — the Bulls really are expecting Derrick Rose to make it back from his latest knee injury in time for the playoffs. …

Look back at when Rose first suffered the meniscus injury. Rose refused to rule himself out for the playoffs in his first public statement. Then when asked in January about returning for the playoffs, Rose responded by saying that he would be back on the court playing if the situation was right and he was healthy.

The NBA playoffs begin in less than a month. Meaning if Rose is going to be returning, then he should be practicing with the team in the near future.

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