Derrick Rose Has No Excuses Left, Must Deliver for Chicago Bulls in 2013-14

September 20th, 2013 by Grant Hughes Leave a reply »

For Derrick Rose, there's no such thing as a grace period.

Normally, a player returning from a catastrophic knee injury would take the court with the benefit of lowered expectations. There would be an understanding among fans and teammates that it might take some time for said player to get comfortable.

He'd be allowed to feel things out.

But Rose won't enjoy that luxury. Not after the way his rehabilitation process dragged on while he insisted he wasn't ready. And especially not after he started making statements about how much better he was going to be upon his return.


The Long Road Back

It's probably not fair to compare injuries between different athletes. One of the wiser narratives to arise out of Rose's own rehab process was the one that cautioned against assuming one torn ACL was just like another.

In reading and talking about Rose, we learned that there were countless variables that could affect recovery time: body chemistry, slight differences in the nature of the tear and even the individual athlete's unique healing speed.

But wh ...

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