Derrick Rose had a Valentine's Day message for all Chicago Bulls fans yesterday:
"My leg still isn't feeling right; I don't mind missing this year."
Talk about a heart breaker. I mean this guy is ruthless.
Here's another dagger:
"I can't dunk."
Derrick Rose is saying he can't dunk? It's over. He's breaking up with us. He won't call, he won't come by, he won't write. It's over.
"I don't have a set date. I'm not coming back until I'm 110 percent."
You're breaking my heart D-Rose. STOP IT!
Ease up, chuckles. Rose isn't necessarily breaking up with us; he simply needs a little time away to get things sorted out.
In what was anticipated to be a return date for Rose of at least two weeks from now, has now turned into a cloud of doubt for the entire season.
Remember that old phrase, "if you love something set it free. It will come back if it was meant to be."? Well, that case applies here. We need to let Rose go from our hearts so he can properly heal his anterior cruciate ligament (ACL), an injury that befell the Bulls star during the first round of last year's playoffs.
Rose himself is the only one who should tell us when he's ready to return to the hardwood. He wants to compete and he wants to do it at a level which requires him to make hard cuts, sprint up court and, well, dunk.
Sure there's the conspiracy flying around that Addidas, which last year signed Rose to a record contract of 14 years for $260 million, wants Rose to shelve himself due to the amount of money they have invested in the Bulls point guard. Hardly the case. Rose is a competitor, and while the contract is rich, there's no way he's allowing the powers that be at a shoe company to dictate when he should return.
So while Rose rests his tender leg, we Chicagoans need to move on with another crush. Patrick Kane is still available, and I hear he likes to party. Is Jenny Finch still in town? Jay Cutler is good at keeping his distance when it comes to commitment.
It's best Rose is being honest with us and not tugging at our heart strings with false promises. Rip the Band-Aid off, Derrick, but take your time with the brace.