Rob Cressy says the Bulls shouldn't be TOO careful with Derrick Rose;… (Scott Strazzante/Chicago…)
I'm tired of hearing about how the Bulls should bring Derrick Rose back slowly to protect his long-term potential and that this is a lost season.
I get it, no one wants Rose to come back too early and potentially jeopardize what should be a Hall of Fame career with the Bulls. The problem is this team is near the top of the Central Division and with Rose in the lineup, they are legitimate title contenders.
Playing for the future is good in theory, assuming everything stays the same. But unless you are Miss Cleo, there is no way of knowing what's going to happen.
What we do know is this.
Luol Deng and Joakim Noah are well-deserved All Stars and are playing at or near the highest levels of their careers. On top of that, Carlos Boozer is averaging almost 20 points and 10 rebounds this season and playing like the two-time All Star we all hoped he'd be when he came to Chicago.
If you throw in a rejuvenated and ultra-motivated Rose back into the lineup, I don't see why the Bulls can't come out of the East and win the title.
Many people expect Rose to come back a little rusty and not be 100 percent the player he used to be. Sure, that's possible, but Rose isn't just any ordinary player. He's a super elite talent, just like Minnesota running back Adrian Peterson.
I know, the season Peterson had for the Vikings coming off knee surgery is the exception, not the rule. Well guess what, Rose is also the exception. We are talking about the most electric player in the NBA and guy who has an MVP to his name.
If someone has the chance to do something extraordinary, my money is on Rose. As much as we all want him back in the lineup, I'm sure he feels that way times 10.
Watch out NBA, when Rose comes back you aren't going to want none of this Bulls squad!
Rob Cressy is a RedEye special contributor. @BaconSports.
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