It appears that Derrick Rose is ready to make his return this season after sitting on the bench for the first time this season versus the Indiana Pacers.
Fans have been trying to figure out the strangely complex path to the close of Derrick Rose's Adidas shoe commercials. And while shooting and working out in public was great, last night's appearance back with the team takes the cake.
Talking to players, reacting publicly during a gritty Central Division rivalry game, even joining the huddle pre-game. All signs point to the star player getting close to being let loose.
And yes, it's a good idea.
The fears around Derrick Rose are utterly irrational. Unlike some injuries, the ACL is a 100% recovery with no reason to assume that a re-tear is more likely. In fact, if anything, the opposite ACL gets torn because some people are more genetically pre-disposed to tear the ligament that rarely, if ever, only partially tears.
Should he play limited minutes? sure. Should we expect the MVP version of D-Rose? no. But he should play. If only for extremely valuable practice time, or to assure the free agent market that there is a superstar in Chicago worth playing with, he must play.
But most importantly, Derrick Rose must re-assure himself. A confident yet honest person, Rose understands that there will be some doubts to overcome when he starts playing again. Doubts that if perhaps not addressed this year through playing time could fester and stretch into part of next season.
So while the decision to keep Rose out for the 2012-2013 season may seem like a play for the future, the best thing for the present and future is to play Derrick Rose, if ready, right now.