April 28, 2012 will be a day Chicago Bulls fans will never forget. That is the fateful night in which All Star point guard Derrick Rose tore his ACL.
Nearly a year later, we have yet to see Rose return for the Bulls, although he has been cleared by doctors to play. The ACL tear seems to be fully healed, but that isn’t the issue with Rose. The issue is all mental.
Rose said in interviews that he would not come back until he is 110% ready, fearing what most athletes who have sustained any type of major injury fear; the possibility of it happening again.
He has been participating in full-contact practices since the end of January, giving Bulls fans hope that they would see Rose return to action in time for the playoffs. Well it’s playoff time and there is no Rose for Chicago.
A lot of people are questioning whether or not D-Rose should play, with plenty opinions being that he should. The people who argue that he should return have a valid argument, but it is up to Rose to decide when he steps back onto the floor sporting a Bulls jersey.
There are some who claim he should be back because other players who have torn their ACL in the past year are back. Before we go any further, let’s acknowledge the fact that no injury is the same. Some recover faster than others.
There should be no comparing the injuries of Rose and Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. What Peterson was able to do nine months after tearing his ACL was unprecedented and will likely never be matched.
Iman Shumpert of the New York Knicks tore his ACL in the same postseason as Rose, but unlike Rose, he has played this season and is currently playing in the playoffs. Once again, two similar, yet completely different injuries.
Rose is catching a lot of flak from parts of the media due to the fact that teammate Joakim Noah is playing through plantar fasciitis, a foot injury that has plagued the center in the latter part of the season.
The role Rose is currently playing for the Bulls is that of cheerleader and coach. He has been in attendance for the Bulls’ first two games, but in a suit and tie. He is on the sidelines cheering on his teammates and offering advice from his perspective during timeouts or when players come to the bench. Throughout the ordeal, Rose’s teammates have been completely fine with him not playing and support the former MVP.
So the question that everyone is asking in regards to Rose; should he play in the playoffs? In my opinion, I don’t think he should. For one, I think if he was going to come back this season, he would have done so before the playoffs started in order to get back into game shape. Secondly, I feel the decision is his to make, being that it is his body and only he knows when he will be completely comfortable to make his comeback. I feel it’d be much more beneficial for Rose if he sat out until the start of next season and focused on continuing rehab and making his knee even stronger.
I will pose the question again: Should Derrick Rose play in the playoffs?