A case for a non-comeback
Derrick Rose has more to lose by rushing than the Bulls have to gain
By the time you read this you might have already heard (or an announcement has been made or information has been mistakenly leaked) that Chicago's finest might be back in uniform, on the court, cape in Gucci bag in his locker stall, Chi-Town 3.5s on his feet, name being announced entering an NBA game. Ballin'.
As beautiful -- and important -- as the sight of Derrick Rose's return might be, there's a side to this story that seems to be lost in the city's emotional attachment and rush for him to Dark Knight the Chicago Bulls.
Remove our selfishness and look at the smaller picture. Too soon is too soon. Yes, he has been cleared to play and the Bulls are in quasi-desperate need for him and his presence on the court. But there are factors that Rose has to consider and forces working against him that no other player has to consider or factor in when they have to step on the court.
The moral? You can't come out of the pit stop doing 60 when everyone else is doing 140 and expect to seriously compete in the race. (Nor can you do the same and not expect to get hit, crash and burn and miss the rest of the race altogether.)
All of this goes to say that despite how vague we might think Rose's recent answers are for not yet returning, there are things beyond "just coming back for the sake of coming back" that are in play. We should not be so quick to rush to judgment on Rose's comeback or rush him to come back, because there is much more involved in his comeback than what we see on the surface.
In other words: "Don't come back, Derrick." Not until you are mentally and physically ready to make all of the above variables moot points. Until people read this and say that I have no idea what I'm talking about.
Because, the way I see it, Derrick Rose has more to lose returning sooner than later than the Bulls have to gain. This is what we have to unconditionally accept. This is what we all must live with.