Only Time Will Get Rose To Full Bloom

VIDEO: Derrick Rose talks about his long road back to the Bulls


HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — Can we finally get all those people who climbed on Derrick Rose’s back to play last spring to admit they were wrong, wrong, wrong?

This was the guy who was supposed to risk his MVP career on a surgically repaired left knee to go out and lift the Bulls up, up, up and over the Heat?

This guy who, six months later, has made 15 of his 52 shots (28.8 percent), turned the ball over 17 times, dealt just 13 assists and grabbed only 11 rebounds in three games? This guy who couldn’t keep up with rookie Michael Carter-Williams’ drives to the hoop?

The Bulls are now 1-2 after falling to the indomitable Sixers and, as noted by Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago, the All-Star is taking responsibility:

“If it was up to me, I would blame tonight on me,” Rose said after shooting 4-for-14 with eight turnovers in Philly. “Turnovers, missed shots, missed communication on defense — I just can’t wait to get in my groove. But I can’t hang my head; I know I’ve worked too hard for that, so it’s going to come.”

That’s just the point. The old Rose is going to come, eventually. Now some of those who were so foolishly prodding him to get back on the floor late last season when he did not yet have full confidence in his knee are complaining that Rose could have gotten the “rust knocked off” six months ago, and now would be in full bloom again.

It simply doesn’t work that way. Those who sit at home and watch on TV or even those who plunk down big money for the expensive seats have little understanding what it takes to overcome a major injury/surgery. Then, an Adrian Peterson pulls off a virtually unprecedented feat in the NFL last season and the bar is suddenly raised for everyone.

“Amnesia,” Rose said of his mindset, noting that the season is just three games old. “I have games like this. [I’m] coming off a big surgery or whatever, but all I can do is get the most out of every practice, every shootaround, every shooting session, and go out there and play, but it’s going to come to me.”

It is certainly admirable, and perhaps expected from what we know of his personality, that 35-year-old Kobe Bryant vows to push the limits of credulity and his body in getting back into the Lakers lineup sooner than most anyone thought possible. However, Kobe is Kobe and only time will tell if can live up to his own always high expectations.

Rose’s struggles now only prove that he made the right decision back then.


  1. do not forget how he blew his knee out…playing injured!!!! thats what happened to him…he was playing hurt and got hurt worse….always wait until the mind is willing, your body will always say go…thats what your head is for to rule the body…duh!!

  2. pacquiaoverated says:

    he will average less than 35% shooting this year I wonder what these drose fanboys gonna use as an excuse, bulls will be destroyed by the pacers, Knicks bulls is the most overrated team who just bullies and give hard fouls to win games

  3. watcher says:

    By far the most overrated player in the nba and has been for some time.

  4. Kome the Black Dumba says:

    Funny when Rose was playing great in the preseason and everyone was saying D rose was back and even faster, and better shooter & player. Chicago is going to dethrone the heat and nets/knicks won’t be able to hang with the bulls. Now he’s rusty?

    He made a game winner this week and he’s great! and he fumble against the heat and couldn’t handle the sixers at the end and he’s rusty or not an all star!

  5. NSUK says:

    yea will lead the bull to championship sure, barako bull that is not chicago bulls haha

  6. hecklerandkoch says:

    Come on, let’s give DR some time, 3 games is nothing, NBA needs a palyer like him

  7. okc2014 says:

    Derrick Rose and the Bulls will do just fine. The season has barely begun!!!

  8. Greg says:

    It’s funny how people who know absolutely nothing about nba ball can say whether rose made a good decision or not. It’s his body he’s played this game more than anyone on this post will ever know and we saw it in preseason vs regular it was another gear and playoffs is even worse rose knew that the bulls messed everyone up by not declaring finished for the year. But now he’s back he’ll get better. Miami is 1-2 proof that beginning everyone is rusty

  9. Marino Stath says:

    No….you are wrong….no one would have had an issue with him not coming back last year had 1.)he hadn’t been cleared by doctors…who said the final step to rehab was game action…and 2.)had he not been practicing everyday for a couple of months and according to reports in the media….going full speed… His bad play proves the exact opposite of the point you are making…which is wrong…he would have knocked the rust off and game would have slowed for him by now

  10. Golonmore says:

    Bulls need a legit SG who can help shoulder the load. Let Deng walk, for goodness sakes amnesty Booz who is making double than what he should be making and send Butler back to the bench where he belongs. MELO 2014! The Knicks are headed nowhere fast. This is our opportunity to strike and knowing the Bulls they’ll probably get the short end of the stick because they’re so cheap. Smh

  11. Nick says:

    He will lead the bulls to a title. Might not be this season but it will come

  12. lol says:

    ill say it again, D-ROse is a BUST, now that he lost some of his athleticism and quickness cause of the injury he became a mediocre player, he was never a good shooter and he loses his dribble alot, he earned that MVP cause of his athleticism, now that its gone its all over for him, he is NOT a star player.

    • Tucker says:

      Woah there, friendo. Derrick Rose is absolutely not a bust. You can fairly argue that his MVP wasn’t deserved and you can really stretch and try to argue that he’s not an all-star (and fail). To say that he’s a bust is total idiocy. Darko Milicic, Andrea Bargnani, Hasheem Thabeet and Kwame Brown are busts. Derrick rose is a very good player and there’s no argument. You can argue that he’s not a great player.but that’s all you can do.

    • kek says:

      Lost? he`s quicker and more explosive than he was before lol, hes not handling and shooting the ball well, it doesnt have anything to do with his athletisism u idiot, watch him play before you say something you know nothing about…

  13. yasir haroun says:

    my name is yasir haroun how are you derrick rose I have been watching all your games since you came to the nba your my favorite player and I hope you and the bulls go all the way #BULLSNATION.

  14. JeffX says:

    There’s enough evidence to suggest he is physically and mentally able to return to his prior form. He will find his groove.

  15. Lee says:

    Just trying to make the point that this idea should not be fully blown off, there is definitely some logic in it. Though Rose may not be in “full bloom” at this point, there may or may not have been a significant difference. It is just likely that it will all come back a little sooner under that strategy.

  16. Lee says:

    Let’s think about it this way, not saying one is right over the other. He was healthy enough to come back before the playoffs last season just not ready from the psychological side. The only way to get over that and the rust is to play, even if with limited minutes. He could have come back last year and shaken off the rust and seen how things went in the playoffs (really nothing to lose). That plan would being paying dividends now at the start of this season because it is likely he would not be struggling as much after having time at the end of last season to get back into playing shape.

  17. Jum says:

    Welp, it’s the start of the season, generally, many players can claim a little rust. Those rushing for the kid to return last year, can’t be reprimanded, when he was medically cleared sometime after the half way point of the season, then he juggled with fans when he began practicing with the team, and there was speculation of his return in Game 3 of the Miami series. Had the Bulls ruled him out definitely out for that season, then the pulsating urge for him to have played then wouldn’t exist.
    Now, he’s declared himself as the best player, and though he’s in a comeback year, he’s perpetually challenged LeBron, KD, Melo, CP3, Kobe, and even Harden with an “Derrick Rose [is the best player in the NBA]”. He’ll get going, but whose to say he couldn’t have gotten going some months back? Rusty starts are the norm