The cat is out of the bag. Derrick Rose’s return to the Chicago Bulls will take place next season. Never saw that one coming. Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the first round of the playoffs last season.
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Thursday that Rose would be ready to return next season.
Thibodeau on DRose: “He’s been diligent. He’ll continue to be diligent throughout the summer. And he’ll be ready to go next year.” #Bulls
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) May 16, 2013
Derrick Rose sat out all season as he worked his way back from knee surgery. Aside from a misplaced Adidas campaign building up the return of the Bulls star there was never any evidence to suggest that Rose would play in 2013.
So does it even matter?
While many inside the second-city are upset with Rose sitting out the entire season their anger will likely subside when the 2011 league MVP returns to the court next year. Results earn forgiveness in professional sports. It is simple as that.
Also helping Rose is his likeable nature. He has made a habit of giving back to the Chicago community even offering to pay for at-least two funerals for children who were killed by recent shootings.
Be mad that Rose delayed saying he was done for the season if you need to be, but do not make baseless claims that you will never cheer for him again.