by: Eduardo Saldana
During every Bulls game for the past four months, fans have been wondering: “Is Derrick going to play today?” We’ve heard rumor after rumor about Rose’s imminent return, but he ‘s still not back.
People are calling him gutless, and heartless for it, like our friend Doug Gottlieb over at CBS.
That’s where we are at right now. The Rose saga is at a point where even media members are starting to call him names, just because Derrick is reluctant to play after suffering an ACL tear almost a full year ago.
The reason for this? Adrian Peterson, Ricky Rubio, and Iman Shumpert. After Adrian Peterson’s freak return from a torn ACL and MCL, people anticipated that Rose whould be back as well. Ricky Rubio, and Iman Shumpert suffered similar injuries, and both are back playing.
However, Rose is not Adrian Peterson, he is not Ricky Rubio, and he is not Iman Shumpert. Derrick is Derrick, and when Derrick feels he’s ready, then he’s ready. We have no say whatsoever about the condition of his body, and his physical condition shouldn’t be compared to other athletes. Each injury is different, and each player deals with the injury in HIS own way. Not our own way, HIS own way. That is important.
Rose has given everything to this city, including the city’s first MVP award since the Jordan era. He plays reckless, and takes more punishment than any player in the game today. Last year he played through numerous injuries, but for fans that’s not enough. “He’s not a leader,” they say. Yes, go and tell Bulls players that so they can laugh at you.
Derrick is 24, and has an entire career ahead of him. He will dominate again, and when he does, all of you will look dumb.
My question to you: Should D-Rose succumb under the pressure and come back this season? Let me know by posting your comments on Twitter at http://www.Twitter.com/eduardogsr1990 or on Facebook at Facebook.com/WCRX. Be ready to defend your answer!!