Although nothing "official" has come out of the Bulls organization or the Derrick Rose camp, it's likely the former MVP won't be suiting up for the series against the Heat.
Sunday marked the one-year anniversary of Derrick Rose undergoing surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee. According to a CSN Chicago report – and despite the point guard insisting on keeping the door open for a possible return in the playoffs – Rose will not make an appearance in the Chicago Bulls' series against the Miami Heat.
Tom Thibodeau reportedly is aware that Rose wouldn’t return, and for many fans – those who aren’t angry, at least – the writing was always on the wall anyway. Rose is said to have been seriously considering coming back against the Heat but ultimately decided against it.
The Bulls find themselves down 2-1 in their series against the Heat with Game 4 being played at the United Center on Monday night. Chicago will continue to be short-handed as Luol Deng also isn’t likely to return as he continues to recover from a spinal tap. Kirk Hinrich, whose calf bruise continues to be a serious issue, is also out.
Hopefully this news of D. Rose not coming back will quell many of the expectations of those still holding out hope to see No. 1 back on the court against Miami. However, there will unfortunately be many more people who will find Rose at fault for not coming out directly and saying he wasn’t playing instead of being non-committal on his status.
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