Enough is enough. Bulls fans are tired of the chatter. The Derrick Rose saga is starting to turn into a soap opera. Bulls fans hate soap operas. Here is why Derrick Rose must be back on the floor for the next game.
5. The Bulls suck:
With the east pretty wide open after Miami, Derrick Rose, if he performs well, could turn the Bulls into a contender. It would probably take a major injury or setback for the Bulls to beat Miami, but all other eastern teams are beatable. Derrick Rose would give them the upper hand they've had on these teams in years past.
4. Free agent market
With the Bulls needing to make some offseason moves to get better - not just pass the time with Rose on the bench, the free agent market needs to see a healthy Derrick Rose perform in order to consider any options that would accomodate a Chicago Bulls team strapped for cash. Ray Allen, for instance, took a lower salary to play with the Heat for a chance to compete for a ring. It will take that sort of maneuvering for the Bulls to land anybody that realistically gives them a chance to win a ring. It'll also take that commitment for the Chicago Bulls to ensure that Derrick Rose will remain a Chicago Bull in the future.
3. Next year may be now
Then there's the reality of this season. Outside perhaps winning a first round playoff series, the Bulls are playing for next year. And with their star player out for as long as he's been, he needs to be on the court starting now to be ready for next season, both mentally and physically. With a minute count, and perhaps sitting the 3rd game or 2nd of back to backs, the Bulls can find a way to get their star tuned before next season. A preseason won't be enough, and would already eat into next year before you see a full strength Rose.
2. He is a Chicago Bull
He wears #1 on his back, and gets paid more than anybody else on the team. Regardless of where the Bulls are in the standings, if he can play he should play. The Bulls charge one of the highest ticket prices and sell out every game, largely thanks to Derrick Rose. From a business ethics standpoint, it should be a no brainer to return Rose to the city of Chicago.
Look, Derrick Rose is 23 years old. There's absolutely no reason to think that, physically, he's not capable of doing what he once did on a basketball court. The more pressing issue is the mental aspect of the game. Right now, Rose has been quoted as saying that he's still hesitant dunking of his left foot.
But of course he's hesitant! He's doing it in practice and shootaround situations. These situations don't allow for Rose's natural competitive instincts to take hold. Those will only become available to him again when he is charged up in the heat of battle. With a doctor's clearance, he's ready to start finding that level of play again. The longer he sits and thinks about the frailty of his body, the longer the comeback process will take.
ACL surgeries are common today. Nearly as common is the success rate of players returning from those knee injuries. The only position in the NBA that has struggled has been the center position. Rose bears far less weight, and his agility are far different than any Greg Oden type player.