Contrasting emotions

Enthusiasm about Bulls' playoffs tempered by exhausting wait for Rose's return

Updated: April 17, 2013, 5:44 PM ET
By Jon Greenberg | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- You want to bet me that I can write the saddest short story about the Chicago Bulls season in fewer than 10 words?

How's this? For Sale: DRose 3.5s, never worn.

OK, that's just a new twist on an old, likely aprocryphal Ernest Hemingway anecdote. But tell me it doesn't fit. Who would've thought Rose wouldn't lace up his signature DRose 3.5 sneakers all season?

Few Bulls fans, not to mention actual Bulls and team executives, would've believed me if I'd have told ...

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