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Thursday, May 15, 2014
Bulls player reviews: Derrick Rose

By Nick Friedell

Derrick Rose
For a second straight season Derrick Rose spent more time in street clothes than a Bulls uniform.

Derrick Rose

2013-14 salary: $17,632,688 | Age: 25 | Season stats: 15.9 ppg, 4.3 apg (10 games)

Season recap: After missing all of last season because of a torn ACL in his left knee, Rose made his long-awaited return and looked great in the preseason. Then the regular season came and he struggled to find his rhythm before tearing the meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 22 and missing the rest of the season.

Season highlight: Playing in his first game at the United Center in a year and a half, Rose knocked down the game-winner against the New York Knicks in the final seconds of an 82-81 victory on Oct. 31.

Season lowlight: Rose went down on Nov. 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers. The postgame locker room scene was eerily reminiscent to what had happened in April 2012 when Rose tore the ACL in his left knee.

Final grade: Inc.

Notes: The Bulls learned from their massive PR blunder of a year ago by quickly ruling Rose out for the season after he had surgery a few days after his injury. It was a wise move and one they stuck to throughout the season.

Quotable: "You can be a fool if you want to. (I'm) dead serious. I know I'm going to be all right." -- Rose, during his post-injury media session, on what he would say to people who say he can't be counted on to be the main star on a team.

What's next?: Coach Tom Thibodeau acknowledged last week that Rose has starting taking more contact in practice. The next step will be whether he plays for Team USA this summer in the World Cup of Basketball in Spain. He is expected to be part of the Team USA's training camp late in July in Las Vegas. The issue for Rose -- and for the Bulls -- is whether he will be able to stay healthy throughout an entire NBA season.