Posted December 05, 2013

Derrick Rose won’t fully rule himself out for playoffs, motivated for second comeback

Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, Rob Mahoney
Derrick Rose was helped from the Bulls loss to the Blazers with an injury to his right knee. (David E. Klutho/Sports Illustrated)

Derrick Rose won’t rule out the playoffs despite the Bulls declaring his injury season-ending. (David E. Klutho/SI)

On Thursday, Derrick Rose made his first media appearance since undergoing surgery to repair his right meniscus — a procedure that, according to the Bulls, would keep Rose out for the season. His every word dripped with a forlorn confidence; while clear that Rose expects to come back to again play high-level basketball, it’s also evident that Rose carries with him the burden of another potential season lost.

“The process of actually dealing with an injury is kind of frustrating at first, knowing I’m going to miss a long period of time,” Rose said, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune. “…I just can’t play the game that I love playing.”

It’s all on hold for Rose — the game, the career, the title contention. Frustration would be inevitable under those circumstances, particularly as Rose looks ahead to yet another extended stretch of rehabilitation. For an NBA player, the trials of rehab from a major injury strip basketball of its rewards. They inspire doubt from inevitable uncertainty. They stretch through months on months, and in the case of Rose’s previous ACL tear, claimed an entire season from him and a Bulls team looking to challenge for the NBA title. The recovery from a torn meniscus (and the ensuing surgery) is fortunately a bit shorter, though Rose took the shorter, less strenuous path before him as reason to — again — not rule out the possibility of a return. From ESPN Chicago:

“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I’m going to be back playing. If I’m healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there’s no need.”

While this quote might irritate Bulls fans who have already endured one season of indefinite absence, it’s a sensible address in context. Over the past year, Rose received criticism on two fronts: Some for not declaring himself out entirely for the 2012-13 season as he worked his way back from a torn ACL, and some for Rose opting not to return even after he had been medically cleared to play. This time around, the Bulls addressed the former group of critics — by stating upfront that Rose was not expected back this season — while leaving Rose to deal with the latter. Rose had (and has) every right to decide for himself when to make his return, provided his medical clearance. All he claims in this case is that he’ll play if he can, seemingly in response to those who took him to task for not swooping in to save the Bulls late last season. This needn’t be an issue unless we make it one, beyond all reason to the contrary.

A few other tidbits from Rose:

• On those who will doubt him as he comes back from a second major knee injury, and those who believe the Bulls should move on without him (Chicago Tribune): “You can be a fool if you want. I know I’m going to be all right.”

• Whether he has any doubt that he’ll return at a high level (Bleacher Report): “Not at all. I believe that I’m a special player. I think people love the way that I just play. I don’t try to impress anyone when I’m playing or anything. It’s just the way that I play. I know, I’ve just a feel for the game. Like I said, I know my story is far from done.”

• On going through rehab for the second time in two seasons (USA TODAY): “Last year, the rehab part and the training part was all new to me. I didn’t like it. I did it because I wanted to get back out on the court, but it was hell to go through. I think this year, it should be a lot easier. I know what to do.”

• On his style of play as it relates to his injury (Chicago Tribune): “I could get hurt 10 more times — I’m never going to stop…I play a unique way of playing basketball. I can’t change that.”

• Rose’s message to Bulls fans (USA TODAY): “I’m not done yet.”

20 comments
WHO*IS*ESPN
WHO*IS*ESPN

I thought "only God knows" when you'll wuss out again. People are tired of hearing your b.s. and even bulls fans don't care to hear it. 

jackgorfin
jackgorfin

Why not just shut the hell up and do your rehab.................nobody trusts you anymore

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

Rose is done.  Put your Rose merchandise up and move along.  He will miss the season, come back in 2015, get a hangnail in the pre-season, be out 4 months and then retire and go on Dancing With the Stars.  

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

Either no one is giving Derrick Rose any good advice, or he's ignoring any good advice he gets.

Did he seriously not learn from last year?  Don't leave the door open, because there's little chance you're coming back, and now this story is just going to be a distraction to the team, the organization, fans, etc and turn even more people against him if he never comes back.

sportsGuy12
sportsGuy12

What has he done since his MVP season in 2010-2011?

x72
x72

This guy isn't the brightest bulb in the box.

Dirty_Bob
Dirty_Bob

You would of thought he learned a lesson from the last time and would keep his mouth shut about when he's coming back.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

Quit trashing on Rose. He's an awesome player and a pretty decent young man. He wants to play. Do you really think he wants to sit out another season? Of course he doesn't. If he comes back this year, great. If he comes back next year, that's fine too. If he comes back never, that's alright as well. Please share with us how many NBA minutes you have played before dumping on Rose,

MickPatrick
MickPatrick

It's a joke, guys. Someone hacked his account and sent out a prank message.

RobertSmith
RobertSmith

LOL.  Rose won't play any more playoff minutes than I will. 

Jeff63
Jeff63

The 2015 playoffs ...

dksherlock
dksherlock

@sptsguy12345 You got it, sports guy.  Mr. Rose is already enjoying his big payday and the motivation is gone. 

sptsguy12345
sptsguy12345

@WestcoastMD "Do you really think he wants to sit out another season?"   yes… million of dollars, zero responsibilities and his cult following still trying to make him into a legend.

Bearsclone
Bearsclone

@WestcoastMD I don't think he wants to sit out any time at all, but he apparently wants people to hate him and call him soft, because he keeps putting his foot in his mouth by telling people he might come back when he has no business coming back.

Obviously the guy isn't that smart, which is why he needed some one else to take his SAT just to get into Memphis, but there's book smart and there's life smart and this guy isn't even life smart.

How is that professional atheletes can't hire a smart person to tell them what not to talk about?  Professional sports franchises have PR people on staff whose job it is to make players look good.  Derrick Rose probably has an entire team at Adidas.  He has an agent, he has an older brother he's very close to, he has a smart coach and GM.  None of these people could convince him to shut up and just say "I'm looking forward to returning better than ever next season?"


x72
x72

@WestcoastMD He's a fragile punk who just so happens to be your boyfriend.

dksherlock
dksherlock

@x72 @WestcoastMD Hey Westcoast that's funny, and yes he's fragile - I don't believe he did much rehabbing last year and won't do much this year, either.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@x72 @WestcoastMD You have so much class. I'm surprised your mother did such a good job with you, considering how much time she spent in bed with me.

WestcoastMD
WestcoastMD

@dksherlock @x72 @WestcoastMD He probably is fragile. He's a good kid though. He didn't stay away from the court because he found an easy way to collect a paycheck. He needs to strengthen his mind along with the knee.