HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Bulls fans can go ahead and exhale now.
Derrick Rose has no structural damage to his back, per a report from ESPNChicago.com. A Monday morning MRI on his back showed no major issues and Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Rose’s back issues will continue to be treated on a daily basis as the reigning league MVP battles yet another injury this season.
Rose has missed five games this season with a turf toe issues and two others because of his back. The Bulls have maintained their position atop the Eastern Conference standings this season even without their best player in the lineup.
That said, in the day and weeks ahead, they’ll have to keep a close eye on Rose’s back to keep his current problems from lingering. Forman told Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com that Rose will get around the clock attention:
“The course of action we’ve been taking we’ll continue with, and that is the constant therapy, the massage, and working with our medical staff,” Forman said. “You don’t know when it’s muscular like this. It could respond overnight, it could be a couple days, you just don’t know. But the positive is that the MRI was negative and structurally there’s nothing wrong.”
If there is a positive sign for Bulls fans, it’s that the MRI results didn’t show anything serious. But Rose’s fearless style of play will have Bulls fans holding their breath every time he makes a move.
In a compressed season where injuries to significant players have become a huge factor, the Bulls’ have already played seven games without All-Star forward Luol Deng, a lingering issue in Chicago looms larger than anything.