NEWS OF THE MORNING
No. 1: Rose: Bulls shouldn’t give up on me — Before the start of the 2013-14 season, Derrick Rose held a news conference as he prepared to return to the Chicago Bulls’ lineup after missing all of the 2012-13 season with a series of knee injuries. During that news conference, Rose famously said the Bulls could ‘be a fool if you want to’ in answering whether or not his string of injuries should lead Chicago to part ways with him. As he mends from a right meniscus injury now, Rose is seemingly on message again and said as much yesterday in addressing the media about his current rehab. Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun-Times has more:
Meeting with the media for the first time since he had a third knee surgery, the Bulls point guard made no guarantees that he would be back this season, despite his organization putting a four-to-six week timetable on him.
“Who cares? I’m not even thinking about that right now,’’ Rose replied, when asked about the organization’s return window. “I’m thinking about getting the most out of every day.’’
Asked when he expected to be back, Rose said, “Who knows? Whenever I feel well that’s when I’ll step back on the court.’’
Rose was one of three current key Bulls sidelined, joining Jimmy Butler (left elbow) and Taj Gibson (left ankle).
Butler was with the team on the weekend road trip, and seemed closer to the three-week mark than the six-week mark of his timetable, while Gibson is day-to-day.
There was a slight discrepancy with Rose, however, especially because coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose was “right on schedule.’’
“Last week was the initial phase, just getting started with [the rehab],’’ Thibodeau said. “This week he will ramp it up some. Hopefully he’ll be able to get back quickly.’’
According to Rose, “on schedule’’ means on his schedule.
“Whenever I’m ready to come back, I’m going to come back,’’ Rose reiterated.
He did have one very interesting answer, asked if the Bulls organization should start moving in a different direction considering his injury history.
“It’s to each his own,’’ Rose said. “If they feel like they need to do that, this is a business too. I know the business side. I know they’d be making a totally wrong mistake, but I’m not the owner, I’m not the GM or the president. I’m the player. My job is to come out, go out there and try to play as hard as I can every night and try to win games. And if they decide to do something different or go another way, I can’t get mad at them.’’