Derrick Rose Says His Hamstrings are ‘on Fire’

by March 11, 2013

The word out of Chicago, is that Derrick Rose’s return is now almost entirely in his hands. There’s just one problem — he’s not ready, mentally or physically. In addition to not fully trusting his surgically-repaired left knee, Rose is having issues with his hammies: “ESPN’s Doris Burke spoke with the former MVP before Sunday’s game against the Los Angeles Lakers and reported that although Rose has been taking full contact in practice for well over a month, his hamstrings are ‘on fire’ after those workouts. Rose added that he won’t return to the court until he’s past those issues. […] For his part, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau on Sunday repeated the same line he’s used for several weeks now when asked about Rose’s possible return this season. ‘We’ll cross that bridge when we get there,’ Thibodeau said before the game. ‘For us right now the guys that are playing have to concentrate on their improvement and our next opponent. Derrick has to concentrate on his rehab. And until that changes that’s the way it has to be and that’s the way we’re approaching it.'”