Derrick Rose is a professional. He plays basketball for a living, in the NBA. At 24 years old, he’s already been an MVP, doing so in the 2010-2011 season. He’s reached the playoffs every year he’s been in the league. Despite having not played a single game this season, it’s safe to say that he is one of the best at his craft, currently, in the world.
At this point, it’s no secret that he is able to play in games again. He’s been cleared for nearly 2 months now; however, he doesn’t feel that he’s ready to get back out there. While his body is ready, his mind is telling him differently. This hasn’t been sitting well with basketball fans/critics/etc. who have absolutely NOTHING to do with him or the team. Yet, meanwhile, he’s had full support from all of his teammates and coaches. They know how hard he’s worked to get to where he is and they have his back, fully. Even teammate Joakim Noah recently spoke publicly about his impatience with the criticism that Derrick’s been receiving.
‘And to see him go through this is tough, but at the end of the day it’s really funny how quick people are to judge. But people don’t know what it’s like to lead a team, especially after you tore your ACL. If you tore your ACL and you have to be the starting point guard and have the expectations that Derrick has, then maybe you can judge, but everybody who hasn’t been in that situation before should really shut up because I feel like it’s just so unfair to him and to this team.’
In other words, people should shut up and just respect his decision. Once he’s back, you’ll know. And while I can’t wait for that game to come, as a Bulls fan and even more so, a basketball fan, all I can do is be patient. Which is what Derrick is being about his return: patient.
Before you know it, he’ll be doing this again.