Some have called for Chicago's dynamic point guard to spend more time in Chicago, making himself visible to fans and accessible to teammates during home games at the United Center.
The belief here, from what I can tell, is that his teammates would feed off him being around and become motivated, as if Rose was using some sort of pseudo-guilt trip to trick his teammates into raising the level of their games so as not to disappoint the leader of their team.
Let's be honest, if the current Bulls roster needs to see Derrick Rose more often in order to play at a high level on a consistent basis, the problems in Chicago run far deeper than simply being without the All-Star point guard.
Now, would seeing Rose sitting on or behind the Bulls bench get the crowd fired up? Would his teammates be happy to see him?
The answer to those questions, of course, is a resounding yes.
However, Derrick Rose needs to remain focused on one thing and one thing only—rehabbing his knee.
Right now, neither he nor the Bulls need any distractions, and there would be plenty of those were Rose to be around the team more often.
Current players would be dealing with constant questions about Rose's status rather than focusing on improving their own games.
More importantly, Rose would be peppered with questions about when he was going to return, and the last thing anyone needs is for Rose to feel rushed—to push his rehab to a point where he suffers a setback.
It's simply a risk not worth taking.