Tom Thibodeau noted that Derrick Rose's conditioning is still a work in progress, but he's doing everything in practice. While it's likely ultimately irrelevant, I wonder how does one get out of shape so fast?
Thibodeau said Rose has been "doing everything in practice," but his conditioning, while improving, is "a work in progress."
#Bulls Derrick Rose clearly winded when practice ended. Thibs "he hasn't had any setbacks" @cbschicago
#Bulls Derrick Rose huffing & puffing after practice. Thibs says he's still working on his conditioning @cbschicago
Maybe the bar for NBA conditioning is just that high, but I don't see how you have surgery six weeks ago, return to cardio work likely 3 weeks ago and still have a conditioning issue today.
It's not like he was out for three months. He should have been in NBA shape then taken a three week break followed by working cardio back in for three weeks.
It's ultimately irrelevant. He's at wherever he's at, and hopefully he'll play soon (Thibodeau was predictably noncommittal about the Wednesday/Thursday games this week), but it just feels like something is flawed with this guys body that he falls out of shape so quickly.
Hopefully the lack of conditioning is based on Thibodeau cranking up practice intensity more so than anything else. The Bulls, like so often, are caught in the catch 22 with Derrick.
They need him on the court to get back into game shape and get his timing, but they also don't want to risk aggravating his knee or screwing up his return all together.
Rose has historically returned very slowly from injuries in terms of the time he sits out and that trend has continued with this surgery. Beyond that, he's also historically played very badly for an extended period after returning.
Chicago will need to hope against hope that he can break that trend this time around. His odds seem better given that he wasn't out as long as the last few times he returned from an injury, but Chicago has relatively few games left in the season for Derrick to find his stride.
If Chicago can maintain a hold on the three seed and Milwaukee can find a way to hang on to six then Chicago will get a nice cushy first round matchup to give Rose a chance to work his way back in the playoffs as well.
It's probably unrealistic to think Derrick can get to his peak, but if he can get out there for seven to eight games before playing Cleveland he might get close enough.
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