Although many people consider this time of year to be football season, there are a few other sports on my mind. Hockey season is amongst us and basketball is right around the corner.
When I think about basketball starting back up, my mind is focused on Derrick Rose and the Bulls. Rose is a crucial player to the team, as well as a leader. Bulls’ fans and basketball fans in general are eager to know what’s going on with Rose. Some people may be worried that he didn’t play in Saturday’s game against the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro, but I’m not even questioning it.
I don’t know whether it’s overly anxious fans that criticize or have fear about Rose, but it seems pretty simple to me. He was feeling some soreness in his knee, which is completely normal, and Tom Thibodeau thought it was a smart idea to keep him on the bench.
Kirk Hinrich couldn’t have said it any better.
“It’s more, I think, just a precaution. He’s coming off a really big injury. We’re not too worried,” Hinrich told ESPN. “He’s been good all camp, and I’m assuming everybody is expecting him to be ready.
“Coming back from a big injury like that, you don’t want to push it too hard, too fast.”
Of course I can’t wait until I can consistently watch Rose swerve around his opponents on the court, but it’s best if he and the team take precautions. I’m confident we will see Rose and his ridiculous talent on the court when his body is ready.
Hinrich took Rose’s spot as point guard and finished with eight points and three assists in the Bulls’ 83-81 victory over the Wizards in Rio.
It’s not like we haven’t seen Rose hit the courts during the preseason. He played in the first two games this month in which he scored 13 points and played at least 20 minutes during each game. I would be worried if he wasn’t playing in the preseason at all.
Bulls’ executive Vice President John Paxson wasn’t surprised by Rose’s sore knee on Friday prior to Saturday’s game.
“We never anticipated a straight line,” Paxson said to the Chicago Tribune. “He had a little soreness and we are being ultraconservative because it’s the third game of preseason.
“We know there’s nothing structurally to be worried about. It’s just a little soreness. If it was any other player, we’d do the same thing.”
Rather than focusing on Rose sitting out for one preseason game, I’d rather talk about how he dressed up as Willie Robertson from Duck Dynasty for his one-year-old son’s birthday party. I mean, come on, that is hilarious. I wasn’t aware that Rose was a Duck Dynasty aficionado, but he really pulled off the costume. If you have yet to see it, please Google it.