Now, the NBA season has begun and Rose has missed 8 games due to sprained ankles and hamstring pulls.
Of course the frustration is mounting. If he plays the chances increase that he would re-injure himself and miss more games. If he sits and undergoes more rehabbing with medical ssupervision for 3-4 weeks, the chance is that his muscles and legs could strenghten. No one knows. But to put him in game situations is too much of a gamble. Would one rather have a healthier Rose play in April, when he is really needed?
Much thought has probably gone on in Bulls Management and they have come to grips with this problem. If Rose sits out, that could be a PR disaster, and the loss of games could add up. On the other hand, if Rose can play in a few months, when the season is pretty much in full gear, that is when they really need him.
In the meantime, find another piece to add to the roster and support Aaron Brooks. Or move Mike Dunleavy to a point forward position giving him more freedom. Play Mirotic and McDermott more.
I am sure the front office is debating these questions.
Something has to give. And, right now, to err on the side of caution seems like a good idea.
It's amazing what these professional athletes put themselves through — incredible determination to keep pushing their bodies past the normal limits. Great article!