Derrick Rose might be a superstar, but he puts on his Adidas like the rest of us (if you could afford to): one foot at a time. So if the latest reports are right that he's physically fit but not mentally ready, at the very least he could deign to dress up for a game and sit along side his teammates on the bench. That shouldn't put a strain on his (physically fit) knee. And I'm almost certain it wouldn't give him a panic attack.
I just think that being there is important. Like Woody Allen once said, showing up is 90% of life. It might even energize everyone else. And the fans might feel the king's ransom they pay to get in is all worth it.
Time is running out in the regular season. 16 games to go. Mr. Rose, what are you waiting for?
If it's all in your head, when will you know the time is ripe? You've passed the physical. What's holding you back?
Is it the shoes?