Derrick Rose is thinking about his long-term health. That's something the Chicago Bulls should appreciate. However, his long-term health may rest on the possibility that Rose sits out the entire 2012-13 season. Doing so could drastically affect the Bulls' chances in this year's playoffs.
The Bulls have positioned themselves well for a playoff run, but Rose could help put them over the top. Despite that, though, Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago says Rose continued to allude to a possible absence for the rest of this season. The team has essentially left the decision up to him, and Rose is trusting his body and trusting doctors.
"Right now, I'm feeling pretty good, man," he said. "Where (I'm) slowly getting back in the mix. The other day we played the 3-on-3, one-on-one, and I felt good out there. I'm not trying to rush myself, just still trying to be patient and just trying to take my rehab very serious right now."Rose has missed the entire season so far after suffering a torn ACL last year during the playoffs. He was expected to make a return in February despite the team never releasing a timeline for his return. Adidas even has a marketing campaign surround #TheReturn. Now, the Bulls may have to continue pressing on without their star and leader. They've done a decent job of it so far.