When it comes to Chicago point guards, Derrick Rose comes from a long line of greats. He also shares a distinct similarity with one of those great players, Tim Hardaway.
Outside of both men having a mean crossover, Hardaway tore the ACL in his left knee in March 1993 when he played for the Golden State Warriors. Like Rose, Hardaway’s ACL tear was a non-contact injury on a routine play, and because of that, he’d like to see Derrick sit out the entire 2012-13 season.
Rose isn’t expected back until well after the All-Star break and it’ll be even longer before he gets back to being the player he was, pre-injury. Jerry Reinsdorf has maintained that he won’t send Rose back out there until he’s 100 percent healthy, and Rose himself has said he’ll be patient as he works to return to the Bulls.
But despite what the master of the “Killer Crossover” would like to see happen, it’s highly unlikely that Derrick will sit out the entire season, especially not if the Bulls are in a position to make the playoffs.
While Hardaway's sentiments seem to be sincere, he is of course employed by the Miami Heat. Wanting Derrick to sit out this year could just be some elaborate ploy to eliminate his team's biggest rival and clear the way for Miami to repeat as NBA Champions.
This probably isn't the case, but everyone loves a good conspiracy theory, right?
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- D. Rose's 'Don't Text and Drive' PSA (YouTube)