Thursday, October 24th, 2013 at 2:45 pm  |  11 responses

Derrick Rose Advises Russell Westbrook Not to Rush Return

Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose knows all about taking your time to fully recover from knee surgery — he wants Russell Westbrook (who’s slowly making his way back) to adopt the same cautious approach. Per ESPN: “Take his time,’ Rose said after Wednesday night’s win over the Thunder when asked what advice he might give Westbrook. ‘He’s the only one that knows his body. There’s no need to force anything. And attack every day of rehab like it’s your last day. Get everything you [can] get out of it every day.’ Rose took a lot of criticism for his decision not to come back and play for the Bulls last season despite being cleared by team doctors for several months. While Westbrook doesn’t have the same injury (torn meniscus), Rose is confident that the speedy guard can come back and be as dominant as ever — just as Rose has done over the first few weeks of the preseason. ‘For sure,’ Rose said. ‘He has that type of will. His frame, his body, I think [the rehab] is just going to help him become a better player.’ [...] ‘I really haven’t had time to see Westbrook,’ Rose said. ‘When I was working out in L.A. it was [Kevin Durant] and [Kevin] Love that I was working out with every day, and [Westbrook] he was coming in town, but I think they were only limiting him to shoot like 100 shots at that time, so I think he was doing that with the team.’”

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  • @iamMrjump

    Wise man in D.Rose keeping it #Trill

  • LP @ThisisEther

    “Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose knows all about taking your time to fully recover from knee surgery….”……

  • Ben Ireland

    It’s looking a lot harder to criticise Rose for his year off now, in my opinion… I mean, he looks PHENOMENAL already. If that’s what he needed, more power to him for forgetting what everybody thinks and just doing it. I’d love to see odds on him being MVP this year. LBJ is still the best player ofc, but if Rose is at like 20 to 1… I mean, it’s worth a bet right?

  • LLC#12

    Definitely worth a bet. Not crazy to think the Bulls will have the 2nd record in the East, with Rose averaging 25+…and the Heat supporting cast is better than the Bulls one so…I may even stick a bit on it now!

  • Ben Ireland

    Rose at 8/1… Not bad at all!
    CP at 12/1, also might be worth a couple of quid.
    Rondo at 20/1 seems high haha.

  • buzz

    how come rose doesnt advise his teammates who play through injuries? is this “taking time” business only for the superstar fraternity?

  • Will Lee

    when he hush, it means [keven durant]

  • AddingVelocityDontTellMe

    don’t ask adding velocity

  • Anthony

    7:1 odds this pisses Westbrook off and he moves up his return by 2 weeks.

  • robb

    it depends on the injury and it also depends on the style of play. Nobody on the Bulls (except for Rose himself) has that kind of explosiveness and nobody on that team has suffered that kind of injury. Guys like Russ and Rose need to take their time to heal properly.

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