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Derrick Rose: Dynamic PG Rehabbing Away from Team Best Thing for All Involved

CHICAGO, IL - APRIL 28: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls waits for a free-throw against the Philadelphia 76ers in Game One of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals during the 2012 NBA Playoffs at the United Center on April 28, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the 76ers 103-91. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)
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Rick WeinerFeatured ColumnistNovember 30, 2012

Derrick Rose continues to do his thing in Los Angeles, putting in the work necessary for him to return to the court at some point during the 2012-13 regular season for the Chicago Bulls.

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.

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