The Chicago Bulls are struggling and fans are getting anxious without Derrick Rose in the lineup, but the superstar point guard must not rush his return—at least that’s what former NFL and MLB legend Bo Jackson is advising.
According to Doug Padilla of ESPN Chicago, Jackson had some helpful words for the former NBA MVP, which should carry some weight considering Bo underwent hip replacement surgery in the early 1990’s while playing for the Los Angeles Raiders.
Derrick Rose or any athlete will get back on the playing field or on the court when he knows that he is ready. I would say don't try to be Superman and try to please the public. Take your time, heal, come back and do what you have to because if something goes out again, guess what…
Jackson went on to re-emphasize how Rose should not worry about his public perception, and instead focus on taking care of his family first and foremost.
Rose has been sidelined since late April of 2012, tearing his ACL in the first game of the Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. It’s currently unknown when the star is expected to be back on the floor.
The latest reports on his health come courtesy of Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago, who caught up with coach Tom Thibodeau on Tuesday.
Of course, the coach didn’t reveal much, answering a question about Rose’s potential to come back in the near future with, “When he’s ready, he’s ready. His focus is on the rehab…”
Jackson would certainly agree with this timetable, as he believes Rose shouldn’t be back in action until he’s 100 percent comfortable and ready to compete.
If that happens this season great, but Bulls supporters need to start coping with the possibility that D-Rose may not be suiting up at any point during the 2012-13 campaign.
While it would be ideal to see the 24-year-old suit up and help Chicago navigate through the Eastern Conference playoffs, there’s a distinct chance that he feels he isn’t 100 percent and takes the offseason to return to form.
Whatever Rose winds up deciding, he needs to do what is best for him and his family before concerning himself with the wishes of his teammates, organization, fans and general public.
Bo definitely knows on this one.