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Friday, September 21st, 2012 at 11:15 am  |  61 responses

Tim Hardaway Thinks Derrick Rose Should Sit Out the Entire Season


Tim Hardaway has been down the same path that Derrick Rose is walking, knee injury-wise. And the former NBA point guard would advise Rose to miss the whole year, in order to fully recover from knee surgery. Per ESPN: “Chicago native and former NBA All-Star Tim Hardaway keeps hearing a potential March return for Derrick Rose, whose recovery from left ACL surgery reminds Hardaway of his own journey back from that injury, and that personal experience is why his target date for the Bulls point guard is farther off than most. Hardaway thinks Rose should sit out the entire 2012-13 season. ‘I’d just rather have him take his time, so he can be 100 percent, because he’s like me, running and jumping,’ Hardaway said. Hardaway pointed out that his injury was similar to Rose’s, a freak, non-contact injury on a routine play. Hardaway was going up for a layup on March 3, 1993 against the Los Angeles Lakers when he tore his left ACL, and he missed the entire next season. Rose jump-stopped to shoot his trademark floater in the fourth quarter of Game 1 in the first round of last season’s playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers. Hardaway remembers the months after the incident, thinking over and over again, ‘Am I going to come back the way I want to come back?’ But he overcame any doubt and stayed the course, relying on faith, confidence, his family and new eating habits, and he was able to return in 1994-95 and didn’t have to deal with the ACL again — even after his career. Hardaway said one thing is certain about Rose’s recovery: It will make him a better shooter. ‘His jumpshot is going to come back a lot better than what it was,’ said Hardaway, who is now a community liaison and scout for the Miami Heat. ‘I’ll tell you that. His jumpers and his free throw percentage is going to be up. I’m telling you. That’s all you can do. You can’t do anything else, but shoot around and just shoot free throws.’”

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  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    I highly doubt he would even consider such a thing. I’m no Rose slurper like a lot of people on here but the guy has too much pride and heart to let his city down like that.

  • zogs19994

    I AGREE
    DERRICK ROSE IS A GO-GO (never stop) KINDA GUY, HE WILL MOST LIKELY BE AN IJURY RISK THE REST OF HIS CAREER UNLESS HE LEARNS THAT RESTING IS THE BEST FOR HIS BODY.

  • spit hot fiyah

    an acl injury today is not the same as 20 years ago

  • http://twitter.com/niQknacks niQ

    If Derrick Rose wants a long career, he should listen to Hardaway’s advice. But I keep hearing he’ll be back in March. If anything, he’ll probably be back for the Playoffs…

  • http://www.sneakertheater.com/ Sneaker Theater

    So is it better today or worse?

  • Max

    Better ofcourse..

  • spit hot fiyah

    better due to advancements in surgery

  • Drig

    It’s down to the fans to realize that in the long run, him sitting out would help the Bulls more than him returning this season. I don’t care if the Bulls try to tank to get better draft picks. Bulls as they are constructed aren’t championship caliber unless a LOT of things break their way like Mavs ’11 anyways. No offence to Bulls fans.

  • allen3

    I think somewhere another hardaway ( fellow tigers, Number1 wearer, 3times allstar before injury)is telling him the same things.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Derrick Rose should come back when the doctor tells him he’s 100%. The Doctor. Not Tim Hardaway.

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    True as far as them not being championship caliber aside from Rose’s untimely injury you can thank their front office for getting worse.

  • brian scalabrine

    your right they only got the most dynamic pg in the league, the best up and coming coach, and the leagues best record 2years in a row. and thats with carlos “5 in vertical” boozer starting at pf

  • Slick Ric

    I dont agree, acl tears shouldn’t be taken lightly but guys like shumpert and Baron Davis injuries look to be even more serious and they might wanna consider missing the whole season.

  • Drig

    Remove the dynamic PG. Add in an injured 2nd star ( Deng ), a worse supporting cast, a more relaxed schedule to the season AND the problem of all their contenders arguably improving ( LAL, MIA, OKC, BOS and if you wanna add more, BN, LAC and probably NYK )…….It’s gonna be tough. Tell me one good reason why the Bulls are gonna be a top 4 team in the East with Miami, Sixers, Boston, Brooklyn and New York improving? And if this Bulls team doesn’t have HCA, it’s gonna have a hard time getting deep into the playoffs man. Esp. with Rose being rusty.

  • Drig

    Boozer has been a dud in Chicago. IMO, I’d try to trade him along for few assets which can develop this season if the chance arises. The team as constructed can’t beat Miami/OKC or Lakers without a 2nd star player.

  • Hot stylz

    I agree with Tim. Rose plays too hard to rush back. Tank the year, get a good draft pick and get back 110% next season

  • http://www.reverbnation.com/savagemuzicgroup T-Ray

    Oh without a doubt they are no match for those teams. I think they have fallen in love with their defense first mentality that they haven’t properly addressed their offensive struggles. I mean Rose and occasionally Deng are the only players who can really create their own shot. I don’t think anyone is going to take on that huge contract of Boozer so my guess is if they don’t want him they will amnesty him and be done with it so they can have that money to go after other players.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    If he’s ready, he should come back but not push himself too much. Especially if they have the same roster they have now. Their bench is horrible compared to the bench they had the past 2 seasons. There should be a limit on his minutes. Thibs should keep a close eye on him knowing that he plays 100% full throttle all the time.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Baron messed up more than his ACL.

  • LakeShow

    Who was that, Tim Hardaway with the down vote lol?

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    there are people who really don’t like any of my comments apparently. there were a couple yesterday that were just a fact and that had only downvotes lol

  • roscoe

    Bdiddy’s back is wrecked thanks to his wreckless style. B-diddy was fire before he got hurt.

  • roscoe

    bulls problem = boozer fades in the playoff

  • roscoe

    Clearly sports medicine has advanced to such a high level in sports that I believe Drose along with his undeniable heart/drive will overcome this injury & stay healthy. He is one of the most dedicated NBA stars in the game which is important with an injury like this.
    Drose = Not soft.

  • pposse

    D Rose will rise! all he has to do is read this website for motivation since 90% of yall are rose haters!

  • LakeShow

    lmao. You are correct..

  • Tim Hardaway

    Another thing to watch out for DRose..ACL tears can cause you to become a homophobe. And that ‘aint no fun.

  • Redd

    Pretty sure no one is a “hater” they just aren’t fans or have opinions against D. Rose. There’s nothing wrong with it, not everyone agrees.

  • Redd

    Skip this season, let us get a high draft pick!

  • pposse

    when the general consensus about the 2011 MVP is that he is the 7th best baller in the league is about the time that you can start to refer it as hate..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Verified Account

    Shout out to derrick rose, man that ni99as nice

  • 1982

    Tim Hardaway also never had the vertical explosiveness, and even when he was UTEPing, he was underneath the rim. DRose isn’t on the same comeback trajectory.

  • danpowers

    not only thanks to his wreckless style. playing so many games and minutes with overweight just take(took) their toll on his body. who knows how great his carreer couldve been if he wouldve watched his weight and conditioning a bit more

  • moochie

    but the human body is…

  • http://twitter.com/AjpDos Allen Powell

    If i was a bulls fan i would say stay home, let’s tank and get better.

  • Unknown nigga

    The acl injury is the same,,, the “treatment” & medical staff’s are different, information on the injury is different.

  • Unknown nigga

    Boy, tim hardaway is no where NEAR SOFT & being injured didn’t have a got damn thing to do with being soft, FOOL! come back early if you want & regret it for the rest of your life… I trust hardaway’s judgment bc he has a son in the game, he’s played the game at a high level, I think rose should not rush himself back bc the organization may not have his best interests at heart & you THIRSTY AZ FANS DEFINITELY DON’T… he’s due at least 2 more big contracts in his career, be careful or they’ll be 2 birds in the bush

  • PnoyVibe

    I’d say rest 1 month after the full recovery

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    the Bulls signed Roe to be the face of the franchise for the next 5 years…Im pretty sure his best interests and the franchise’s both involve him staying healthy

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    very unrealistic

  • roscoe

    @unknown nigga: try sonnin someone other than Roscoe. Timmy is not soft nor was it stated. drose = not soft.

  • roscoe

    hard to argue with your solid logic.

  • roscoe

    would have been a great except he ate

  • Redd

    yeah but MVP doesn’t entitled you to being the greatest ASAP. Rose is getting there, he needs to keep pushing. But it really isn’t hate, I wish everyone liked Rose but it’s unrealistic.

  • Redd

    Not really, a top 10 isn’t out of the question. Mix that with our Charlotte Pick, the aim is to get Jabari hopefully.

  • hyperactive
  • pposse

    who said greatest? 7th and greatest are two different things…stop defending these bums when y0u r one year removed from MVP anything less than 5 or better IS hate

  • pposse

    i guess everyone is mistaking your arrogance for “ignorance” nbk haha sorry can’t help myself, but after reading 155 comments from your battle with the R man i cant help myself

  • Redd

    I’m speaking generally. But yeah, he’s top 5 when healthy I believe. At the moment? No, that’s hard to say. Harder to say when his shot isn’t better than Westbrooks(whom I dislike a lot).

  • ccc

    just retire, rose sucks

  • Jerome

    The Bulls will still make the playoffs without Rose. Tanking = soft

  • Dee

    You suck clown!

  • Drig

    Nash was the MVP when Kobe, Shaq, LeBron, Dirk, Duncan, Wade and KG were all more or less in their prime. Your logic is idiotic.

  • Drig

    How was rose last year better than Kobe? Since the top 4 is pretty much locked up. Hell, over the course of the season, how was Rose better than Westbrook/Rondo or even TP?? He’s gotta play in order to be at the top.

  • pposse

    well…he had better averages than both of them, had a better team record then them both, and he beat up on TP when they played head up. For D rose not to be considered a top 5 baller these past two years is simply you guys hating, when it was clear that over the past two years he was probably a top 3 hooper if not top 2 with him and lebron…whatever i hope he reads your post and proves you to be a clown

  • pposse

    nash was in his prime too..your only proving your ability to be good at revisionist history…his teams were championship contending teams, favorites led by one steve nash, he was flat out hooping at a better pace than most of those guys…kobe wasn’t even getting into the playoffs…KG was losing in the playoffs, and Dirk was getting eyed by nash here and there. Duncan and Lebron were doing work, but idk if Lebron was even in the playoffs those years either since he was so young. I specifically stated numerous times on here that WINNING comes first in my book…dont you ever come at me like my logic is flawed..i dont need to repeat myself or even address someone who can’t remember what was told to them 2 months ago, let alone 4+ years ago, go watch tape and come back to me slim

  • Drig

    Nash was NOT the best player during those MVP years is all I’m saying. In the POs, vs players I mentioned above who had similar strength teams, he wouldn’t have won. Winning the MVP doesn’t automatically make you top 5. Infact, I don’t think I put Nash ever in my top 5 even when he was SSOL’ing the L. In ’04, Kobe, KG, Duncan, Shaq and TMac were top 5. In ’06, Kobe, LBJ, KG, Duncan, Shaq and DWade were vying for the top 5. Maybe it’s just me who had it going that way :

  • Drig

    He played 30 odd freaking games!!! That’s almost half the season on the bench. And sadly didn’t manage to stay on the court in the POs. That alone removes him from the discussion of the top 5 players of the ’12 season. That’s the only reason I dock Wade’s score too. Over the past two years, did Durant and Dwight cease to exist in the NBA?? Honest question.

  • pposse

    in the 30 games d rose did play he was very effective, especially at the end of games. I’ll give Durant his props, if there are two better players in the L it would be Durant and Bron. Dwight is very good, but sorry i can’t put him as a top 3 ball player (he is a top 5), his offensive inabilities are glaring, especially when the guy’s go to move is a left handed hook shot. It is my belief that certain players have an ‘aura’ per say around them..its physically present but u just can’t see it…its a belief thing. That’s the only way i can explain the chi bulls ending the regular season with the best record, but then as soon as d rose goes down for good we immediately lose (to an 8 seed) and that ‘aura’ is lost instantaneously. It should also be noted, that IF d rose did make it thru the playoffs win lose or draw, he would have been the starting pg in the olympics…pretty much beating out a guy that is most likely in your top 5 in cp. We would never kno for sure, and no one would ever get a straight answer from coach K about it..but there is nothing that cp3 could do in olympic practices indvidually to outshine rose – it would be something new if cp did cause he never outshined him on the court in head to head matchups (statistically and in wins)

  • pposse

    i just want to say top 5 is a lot different than top 7, and nash might not have been the best player, but he was a top 5 ball player in those years (in my book)

  • str8 from samoa

    yea i agree with tim or say bye bye to derrick rose’s career.

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