When Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose went down with injury earlier this season, there was a small glimmer of hope that he’d be ready for the postseason.
The Bulls quickly shut that down, but rumors in recent weeks have suggested that Rose might be readying himself for a playoff return. That will not be happening however as the Bulls again reiterated that Rose will not play until next season.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was asked if there was a chance Rose could return for the playoffs. “No,” he said. “He’s doing a little bit more, he’s coming along (and) doing some things in practice. But he’s out for the year.”
While bringing back Rose might be exciting for fans, fact of the matter is the Bulls have played well without their former MVP talent and Rose hasn’t played in an actual NBA game for months. Bringing him back in the middle of the playoffs not only likely harms the team chemistry, but also puts Rose at further risk as it’s not known if he’s fully healthy.
Giving Rose the extra few months of down time to rehab and recover is the best decision for Rose’s future and in turn, the Bulls.