How Derrick Rose’s Early Return Would Impact the Chicago Bulls’ Long-Term Plans

December 4th, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »

Derrick Rose is apparently running and ahead of schedule after undergoing knee surgery last May.

Real shocker.

Rose would probably rehab his knee 25 hours a day if it were possible.

An early return to the lineup would mean a few things for Chicago.

For one, they might have the second coming of the Terminator in their backcourt. And two, they believe that they can win immediately once Rose is inserted into the lineup.

If they didn't, you'd think the Bulls would shut him down in order to avoid any setbacks and get him back fully healthy for next year.

Chicago is currently 8-7, with losses to New Orleans, Milwaukee, Boston and Oklahoma City all at home. While they can stay competitive, it would be fair to conclude that without a healthy Derrick Rose, this team isn't a contender.

If Rose does come back, it wouldn't be for a few more months. Add some time to that in order for him to build confidence in his knee and get into game-shape, and we're talking an end of the season impact if everything goes great.

Is the likelihood of reward worth the potential risk? I guess that depends on if yo ...

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