Derrick Rose Cleared For Return (Pg. 2)

Derrick Rose Listed As Day-To-Day For Return

Postby Kobe8Fan on Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:44 pm

Derrick Rose Listed As Day-To-Day For Return

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SAN ANTONIO—After sitting on the bench for Sunday’s loss at Indiana, speculation grew that Derrick Rose was inching closer to an imminent return to game action.

Whether intentional or not, the Bulls head coach didn’t do much to make that subside with a few key words before Tuesday’s practice at the AT&T Center: “Day-to-day.”

Now, it’s important to put things in context, as Thibodeau was explaining the process that Rose would have to go through to be completely medically cleared to play.

“There’s a lot of people that have to weigh in on it and obviously he knows his body. Everybody’s got to sign off on it. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. Nothing has changed for us. For our team, I want them to continue to concentrate on improvement and our opponent, and for Derrick, I want him to continue to concentrate on his rehab. We’re 60 games into this now. I think going into the season, we had a lot of question marks. I think we have more answers now. We’ve figured out, I think, who we are. We’re heading down the stretch, we’ve got to continue to improve and then we’ll go from there,” he said. “It’s day-to-day. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. We just want him to continue to improve, focus on his rehab and then, when he’s ready to go, we’ll all know. Everyone has to remain patient.”

As Thibodeau indicated, knowingly or not, there isn’t much time left in the regular season for Rose to play—presumably first on a minutes limit—so his comments will only fuel the fire of those who believe that the former league MVP will play any day now.

But while Thibodeau’s exact words, by definition, could be interpreted as the injured point guard’s status changing, the rest of what the coach had to say meshes with the consistent message he’s said throughout the campaign.

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When Rose does return to action, at least one teammate believes it will be a fairly seamless transition—and one directly into the starting lineup—perhaps because of what he’s witnessed during five-on-five practice sessions at the Berto Center.

“These guys, especially the unit he’ll be playing with [the Bulls’ starters], they played with him last year. I don’t think it’ll be too big of an adjustment,” said Kirk Hinrich, Rose’s former and current teammate. “He’s that type of player who’s going to make plays for himself and everybody else. It’ll just make it easier, I think. There’s not going to be much integrating.”


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Re: Derrick Rose Listed As Day-To-Day For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby dwighthowardsdad on Tue Mar 05, 2013 10:49 pm

^That's great news. I really love watching Rose. Great player; very humble man...
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Re: Derrick Rose Listed As Day-To-Day For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby jbiggs on Wed Mar 06, 2013 8:44 am

bet you he comes back vs the lakers
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Re: Derrick Rose Listed As Day-To-Day For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby JSM on Fri Mar 08, 2013 5:44 pm

Melissa Isaacson of ESPN wrote:Derrick Rose's doctor has cleared the Chicago Bulls' star to play, a team source said, but his long-awaited return to the lineup won't occur until he can confidently dunk off his left foot, Rose has told the team.

Rose, who had surgery to repair a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on May 12, has been videotaped dunking off each foot, but more casually than he would during a game. A source said that although he has been practicing and scrimmaging hard, he told the Bulls that until he feels "in his mind" he can confidently dunk off his left foot in a game situation, he is not 100 percent mentally ready to return to competition.

The team is not pressuring Rose, the source said, but the Bulls are confident he will return this season and are still hoping for a mid-March return, which would mark 10 months after his surgery. The Bulls play at Golden State on March 15.

The source said the team has been assured by Rose's doctor that there is no more chance of the former MVP getting injured upon his return than anyone else and that the doctor told the Bulls that physically "he can play now." Rose is now dealing with the psychological side of trusting his body.

Rose, 24, raised the possibility that he wouldn't return at all this season during an interview on Feb. 13 after the Bulls lost to the Celtics in Boston, which was the last time Rose spoke publicly.

"I'm feeling good, but like I said, if it's where it's taking me a long time and I'm still not feeling right, I don't mind missing this year," he said. "I would love to [return]. I would love to. That's why I approached my rehab and my workout so hard. I'm trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it's no point."

Since that interview, Rose has taken part in 5-on-5 scrimmages, beginning on Feb. 18.

He began sitting on the bench with the team on March 3.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said after practice Friday that there are no new developments with Rose, and that the clearance for Rose to play in a game "hasn't been finalized yet."

"He's doing everything there is to do in practice, so he's been cleared from that standpoint," Thibodeau said.

When asked whether Rose would be able to play in a game if he says he is able to, Thibodeau said: "We'll cross that bridge when we get there. We're just going day by day. Just keep improving."

"Definitely getting stronger and stronger every day," guard Nate Robinson said. "Hopefully, he's right on time and right on schedule. He'll be back when he's ready."

Thibodeau said the decision for Rose to play will be made by several people.

"There's a lot of people that got to sign [off]," Thibodeau said. "Obviously, he's the most important piece. But from Jerry [Reinsdorf, Bulls owner] on down, everyone has to sign off on it."

As far as what Rose is doing in practice, Thibodeau said: "He's doing everything. He's participating in every part of practice."

Thibodeau also said the Bulls are prepared to move on with or without Rose. "We'll see what happens," he said.

The perception that Rose wouldn't return this season was enhanced on Feb. 22, when his brother Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago.com that the Bulls' lack of activity before the trade deadline would be a "big factor" in whether his brother would return.

"It's frustrating to see my brother play his heart and soul out for the team and them not put anything around him," Reggie Rose said at the time.

Derrick Rose assured the Bulls, the source said, that he did not share his brother's sentiment and issued the following statement: "I have always felt that the Bulls organization's goals have been the same as mine and that is to bring another championship to this city."

Bulls officials from Thibodeau to general manager Gar Forman, vice president John Paxson and all the way up to Reinsdorf have said they won't rush Rose back. Reinsdorf told ESPN Chicago in August 2012 that he didn't want to make the same mistake he made with Michael Jordan after Jordan broke a bone in his foot during his second season in 1985. Jordan returned and didn't suffer another injury, but Reinsdorf has said that it was a risk he didn't want to take with Rose.

The Bulls have told Rose that while they will support whatever decision he makes, they would prefer he return this season, the source said, "and get it under his belt, rather than wonder all summer if he could."

Rose is considered the franchise cornerstone and signed a five-year contract extension worth more than $94 million in December 2011.

"There are a lot of kids out there that would love to see Derrick Rose come back and play," Robinson said. "He's a role model. Everybody looks up to him, including my kids. My son asks every day, 'Dad, when's Derrick coming back?' I'm like, 'I don't know.' It's funny. Derrick's sitting right next to me on the flight, so when I Skype my son, I take a little peek. He's like, 'There he is, let me talk to him.' I'm like, 'You can't talk to him, just let him be.' But (Rose) is working extremely hard, and that's one thing I definitely respect about him. He's very humble and he works extremely hard in the game that he loves."

The Bulls enter action Friday in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
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Re: Derrick Rose Cleared For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby JSM on Mon Mar 18, 2013 12:11 am

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I tweeted Friday that Derrick Rose has clearly expanded his offensive arsenal. You asked for more details, so here
they are: a much smoother, higher-arcing 3; a quick-release step-back mid-range jumper; and you know that trademark right-handed floater from 10-12 feet? He's working on being able to make the same shot from the same distance left-handed. Spoke with him after the game and while he remained non-commital about whether or not he'll play this season, he made a point of saying that the team is putting no pressure on him to return. I don't get the sense he's afraid of anything, including how his knee will respond once he's back; it's simply a matter of giving himself the optimal chance of not having any recurring issues once he does return. He's smart enough to know that several weeks of practice or hard training doesn't mean his body, including the ligaments in his knee, are fully ready to go as hard as he always has. It seems unlikely for someone to grow in height at 24, but I'd swear he's gone from 6'3" to 6'4". I'm the former and we were eye level the last time I spoke to him. All in all, he seemed to be in great spirits and, while it was merely a pre-game workout and a brief post-game conversation, I fully expect DRose 2.0 to be even better than the original.
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Re: Derrick Rose Cleared For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby Chillbongo on Mon Mar 18, 2013 10:16 am

^ If true :man4: :jam2:

Man, a left handed floater from the top of the key? Improved mid-range game?

Dude is coming back for an MVP season. I'm so giddy, I hope he just waits it out til next year at this point. My god I can't wait.

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Re: Derrick Rose Cleared For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby c.Lin on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:05 am

The NBA has sorely missed Rose this season. I hope he comes back better than ever.
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Re: Derrick Rose Cleared For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby c.Lin on Mon Mar 18, 2013 11:06 am

The NBA has sorely missed Rose this season. I hope he comes back better than ever.
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Re: Derrick Rose Cleared For Return (Pg. 2)

Postby kenzo on Wed Apr 10, 2013 5:21 am

So, what's the story here? Dude is cleared to play but elects not to? I love Rose but i think it's time to visit a sports shrink.
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