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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 at 10:20 am  |  11 responses

Tom Thibodeau Supports Derrick Rose’s Decision to Sit Out the Season


The Chicago Bulls’ magical, surreal ride through these Playoffs came to an end in Miami last night. Head coach Tom Thibodeau and his players continued to show support for the injured Derrick Rose, who didn’t suit up at all this season (with an eye towards the future.) Per the Chicago Tribune: “Derrick Rose indeed sat out every game following surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament on May 12, 2012. ‘We didn’t know and he didn’t know,’ coach Tom Thibodeau said. ‘He heeded (Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf’s) advice from the beginning to not rush it and make sure he’s completely comfortable before getting out there. It’s too important a decision for him to rush. Until he’s completely comfortable, we don’t want him out there. We knew this was a possibility and that’s fine. You deal with it as best you can. We just want him to continue to work like he has been working. We want him completely healthy.’ His teammates continued to support Rose. ‘You definitely, as a player, you want him to come back,’ Joakim Noah said. ‘But you understand you have to look at the big picture. I’m really proud of him because he has dealt with it great with all the pressure coming from a lot of people.’”

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

    If JImmy Butler can get a little more aggressive and improve his dribbling, the Bulls can be scary god next year (this is assuming Rose is back to superstar form.)

  • spit hot fiyah

    was derrick rose injured or something this season?

  • B Watson

    Rose is a great player, I wish him all the success in the world. However, If you have been cleared by the NBA doctors since March, I think that he should have suited up for some of these games. Maybe not playing 30 and 40 min. but just to be out there would have in my opinion given the Bulls the edge that they needed. Better luck next year!!

  • K_HOLIDAY

    Not too sure how to feel about this situation. On one hand I wanted D Rose to give it a go but on the other hand I understand him not wanting to rush back. I don’t have a problem with him sitting out the season but like I said before, I wish he would’ve killed all speculation weeks ago and said he was sitting the year out.

  • bike

    What people don’t realize, is that during Rose’s long rehab, he developed a deadly old-fashioned set shot. The kind of shot that was common in the 1950′s. It’s gonna blow people’s minds when they see him spot up from 40 feet and nail that thing 50 percent of the time.

  • DEO_DADOR

    what the he** was the all videos about him returning this year?

  • @iamMrjump

    I was throwing Rose under the bus, but after Coach Thibbs supported him.. I respect it i am going to fall back =.. But D.Rose has to prove that he is the best player in the league

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    think he has even bigger expectations next year.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    i hope he has done this. the L needs rose back next season

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni D dot Sanchez

    its a catch 22. we just need a helluva season next year

  • LP @ThisisEther

    from 40 ft tho?

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