Monday, April 8th, 2013 at 10:40 am  |  14 responses

Derrick Rose Open to Returning During Playoffs

Contrary to the growing belief that Derrick Rose will wait until next season to return, the Chicago Bulls superstar point guard insists that it’s entirely possible he will make his season debut at some point in the NBA Playoffs. Per the Chicago Tribune: “Oh, no,’ Rose said, when asked if he’d announce he’s sitting out this season. ‘I’m keeping it open.’ The Bulls have six regular-season games remaining. ‘I’m not trying to think about that right now,’ Rose said. ‘I’m just trying to get better. I’m just trying to help my teammates, give them confidence to go out there and play hard. I’ll play whenever I’m ready to play. Who knows when I’m ready to? Right now, all I can do is just cheer on my teammates.’ Rose first scrimmaged on Feb. 18 and has said whether he returns is as much a mental hurdle as a physical one at this point. Playing on a minutes limit wouldn’t bother him. ‘I wouldn’t mind at all,’ he said. ‘Of course I want to play more. But it’s not that big. I’m going to play whenever I’m ready. I don’t care if it’s 15 or 40 (minutes). I just love the game too much. I’m just waiting and praying about it. And hopefully I’ll be out there soon.’”

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  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    I’m still very very nervous for d rose

  • SillyAF

    “…in an effort to maintain Bulls playoff ticket sales” -Fine Print

  • LeroyShonuff

    How about he returns the last 5games in limited mins and we take it from there. A fully healthy Bulls team even minus Rose can beat the nets but will get killed in the 2nd round against Miami

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

    I’m past the point of caring (my heart broke when I saw one of those stories that he was coming back on fb on April fools day and I fell for it)

  • Rasheedionics

    Would it kill him to show some emotion? I can’t tell if he doesn’t care or just being his usual nonchalant self… At this point just make a damn decision. Either you’re in our you’re out. I would respect him more if he just makes a decision so the team can prepare for playoffs accordingly.

  • Lloyd

    I wouldn’t. It would definitely throw off the team dynamic if DRose decides to return in the post season. He should just come back next season (sorry basketball fans)

  • spit hot fiyah

    can we stop all rose articles until he comes back?

  • LLC#12

    If they had a legitimate shot, he would come back to try and make the most of it. I think he knows they aren’t going anywhere this year, and there is little point in him playing this year/

  • ThaWindy

    I dont know if D.Rose can sleep without your respect. Im sure he will decide today before 1et.

  • pposse

    seen D Rose throw down a pretty nasty dunk goin off his left on fb. He dunked the ball with some authority.

  • LP

    He doesn’t know. He may or may not return. Any Questions? I don’t see whats so difficult to understand.

  • Redd

    Rose said once he can dunk in stride he’d return..then it was once he can play without thinking mentally..then it was his muscles get sore.

    All in all, Chicago is slowly beginning to lose confidence in him & his image is changed(return or not). It’s not that he’s a bad guy or that he’s doing this cause he’s not the same old D Rose, he’s the same.

    Thing is, his a**hole brother just messed up his image in Chicago & we hate him.

  • Josh

    D rose is chicken he aint comin back


    Who cares go BK NETS!!!!!!!!!!! DUMB CHICAGO FANS!!!!!!!!!!!! ROSE IS A LITTLE GIRL!!!!!!!!!!!!!