With every day that passes in Bulls' PG Derrick Rose's return from a torn ACL, more and more people doubt the former MVP and the reasons why he's "taking so long" to return. First of all, it's been just over ten months since he suffered an injury that can take up to a year to recover from. Not everyone is Adrian Peterson. And some will point to the T-Wolves' Ricky Rubio and the Knicks' Iman Shumphert as examples of fellow PG's and unlike Peterson, seemingly normal human beings, who have returned from the same injury suffered at about the same time. Once again, everybody heals differently and Rose's style of play puts more stress on the knee. Not to mention Rose and the Bulls have a lot more to lose than either of those players or their teams.
You see, I'm not saying that there isn't some weighing of risk vs. reward here. There is, and there should be by everyone involved. Rose has been medically cleared, but says his hamstrings still burn after 5-on-5 scrimmages, he still can't dunk off of his left leg, and admits he's yet to get over the mental hurdle that comes with a major injury. As a Bulls fan, a member of Rose's camp, or anyone in the Bulls organization, why would you want him coming back until he can do everything he did before the injury, and feel comfortable doing it? Especially in a season where, let's be honest, it's almost a foregone conclusion that the Heat will be hoisting the Championship Trophy when all is said and done. Rose is the franchise and he and the Bulls will only get so many chances, with Rose in his prime and healthy, to make legitimate championship runs. If this was one of those chances I may want him to push a little harder. Oh and by the way, Shumphert's been shut down for the time-being after he said he felt a pop on his knee. If Rose feels a pop, there will be pandemonium in Chicago and rampant questioning of whether he was rushed back and why.
And this isn't me just being a "homer" and backing Rose because I'm a "Chicago guy". Certain guys earn the benefit of the doubt with me. Rickie Weeks is another guy like that. Guys who (by all accounts) work as hard as anyone, are great teammates, are humble, and play the game the right way and leave it all out on the court (or field). That's why I believe Rose and his teammates when they say that nobody wants Derrick Rose back on the court more than Derrick Rose.