Chicago Bulls Are Wise to Put Derrick Rose on the ‘Dwyane Wade Plan’ for Now

November 18th, 2014 by John Wilmes Leave a reply »

You can't always get what you want.

Derrick Rose took the league by storm in 2010-11, becoming the league's youngest MVP ever and, in the process, making basketball more relevant in his city than it had been since Michael Jordan skipped town.

But the Chicago Bulls point guard hasn't been able to continue along that trajectory. As much as everyone wants him to be the franchise's next night-to-night dynamo, his body simply hasn't let this be the case. Rose's bones are inherently weary, and the pressure his high-octane playing style puts on them exacerbates the tragic situation of his recurring injuries.

Rose is not the Bulls' savior. He may be their best player, but as long as his body requires a ton of maintenance, Tom Thibodeau's squad will have to rely more on a system than on a star to thrive. That's why the Bulls' newfound care with Rose's health is the best strategy for achieving the greatest end of an NBA championship.

Like Dwyane Wade with the Miami Heat before him, Rose's crumbly skeleton can be preserved throughout the season. If the Bulls rest their nuclear offensive option appropriatel ...

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