As the dust settled on a crushing 69-71 defeat for the Chicago Bulls (30-22) at Boston last night, many fans were hoping for some much-needed good news.
In a season marred by injuries to their key players, the topsy-turvy rollercoaster of the NBA regular season has begun to take its toll on the Bulls. In spite of the recent downturn in fortunes, some fans remain optimistic. The franchise’s key player and 2011 MVP Derek Rose has been making some progress on his arduous return to fitness following that terrible knee injury sustained last year.
Unfortunately, the return of Rose during the current season looks highly unlikely after he spoke to reporters last night regarding the highly-anticipated and publicised ‘Return’. “I really don’t know.” Rose told reporters. “I’m feeling good, but if it was to where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I won’t mind missing this year.”
The uncertainty surrounding ‘The Return’ leads this reporter to believe that Rose himself has come to terms with the fact that a playoff return is unlikely. Rose was seen by many in Chicago as a key ingredient to a possible Bulls playoff run and that he would provide the franchise with an added-boost in the pressure-cooker of the NBA playoffs.
It is time for the likes of Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer to step forward and fill the void left by their star point guard.