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What happens if Rose returns?

Updated: March 27, 2013, 10:58 AM ET
By Kevin Pelton | ESPN Insider

Will he or won't he return? With three weeks left until the end of the regular season, the status of Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is one of the biggest questions looming over the NBA. Rarely has there been such uncertainty about a huge star this late in the season. Even the obvious comparison -- in 1986, whether fellow Windy City guard Michael Jordan would come back from a broken foot -- doesn't quite fit. Jordan wasn't yet an MVP, and Chicago was 20 games below .500, not potentially the biggest threat to the Miami Heat's dominance of the Eastern Conference.

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