After a long and winding journey, Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose made his way back on to a competitive basketball court this weekend, and all reviews were positive for his play. However, it seems that there is a minor hiccup with Rose’s first outing, and it isn’t what you would think.
According to a published report from Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com, Rose wasn’t too pleased with his lack of minutes down the stretch in Chicago’s win over Indiana on Saturday. Rose was quoted as saying that it was “tough”, and that he “just wanted to test (himself) a little bit more, but (he) wasn’t able to.”
Before we get off the rails, it should be stated that Rose wasn’t derogatory in his complaints. I personally view this as an extreme positive for Chicago, as Rose was famously glacial in returning to the court last season, and this is an indication in his own faith with regard to his surgically repaired knee.
Chicago has insanely high expectations heading into the season, as they are, with Rose in the lineup, expected to challenge Miami, Indiana, and Brooklyn for supremacy in the Eastern conference. If they are to do so, they will need a full-strength, no-holds-barred Derrick Rose in the lineup for 40 minutes per game, and it appears that their star is in line with that thinking.