WASHINGTON — There are a number of ways the Chicago Bulls and star point guard Derrick Rose could have handled Rose's return from knee surgery, but that would have been too easy.
Rose tore his ACL on April 28, 2012 - the first day of the NBA playoffs, and since that day more than a year ago, the public has been discussing when Rose would return to the court.
Adidas even ran a series of commercials showing Rose’s rehab all the way through his return to a sellout crowd at the United Center in Chicago.
It all seemed inevitable that Rose would return this season, and when he did the Bulls would be championship contenders once again.
But, not everything happens the way it should. Many assumed Rose would return soon after the All Star Break once he started practicing full time with Chicago. Days turned into weeks and weeks into months, and Rose still isn’t back.
He was cleared for full basketball activities and has been practicing at full speed with his teammates since March, so what is the problem? Rose has consistently said he won’t return until he’s 110 percent, whenever that occurs.
Much of the country doesn’t understand how Rose, who looks fully healthy in a new suit each night at the end of the Bulls bench, can practice fully and then not suit up. The injury woes facing Chicago certainly haven’t made things easier on Rose. Luol Deng hasn’t played the last four games dating back to the first round after being tested for viral meningitis and needing a spinal tap.
Joakim Noah is playing through a painful bought with Plantar fasciitis, an injury he thought would keep him from playing even one minute in the postseason. Kirk Hinrich hasn’t played the past five games with a calf injury.