10:37 AM EDT, April 17, 2012
Toe, back, groin, ankle and now foot -- that’s Derrick Rose’s starting five.
The Chicago Bulls’ only hope for a championship suffered another injury to another body part while playing another meaningless game. Fun, huh?
A lot of people yakked at me for writing last week that the Bulls’ only hope for a championship should sit for the rest of the season. Rose was coming back from a groin injury. He missed 12 games because of it. He missed 11 other games because of other injuries. There were eight games remaining in the ridiculous regular season. He was playing, I guessed, because there were no adults in charge.
And now he has another injury. Whoa, didn’t see that coming.
The Bulls seems particularly insistent that Rose play, and I’m thinking, yeah, good thinking, because there are body parts that he hasn’t hurt badly enough to jeopardize the Bulls’ title chances.
Palm to forehead.
Our beat guy K.C. Johnson writes that a Bulls officials sighed “he needs to play’’ to regain his timing.
You want sighing? Play Rose in these meaningless last five game of the regular season and watch him get hurt again.
Let’s try this again, people. Ahem. Tap, tap, tap. If this thing on? Yes? Good.
THE ONLY THING THAT MATTERS IS AN NBA TITLE.
Team officials say things like “he needs to play’’ because that’s the way they’re trained to act and think. Practice, play, practice, play, try to fire Stan Van Gundy.
But look, if your superstar is an actual superstar, then he’ll find his touch and rhythm quickly enough. If he doesn’t, then he’s probably not a superstar and you should’ve saved the receipt.
Only idiots think the five remaining games of this regular season mean something, and that includes Thursday night’s useless meeting in Miami. Stop the insanity, or at least Rose’s constant, dangerous and obvious injury parade during David Stern’s suicide schedule.
The Bulls can play Rose’s rehab by the book or they can play the season that’s there. You don’t have to be a trend bettor to figure out that Rose is getting worse at staying healthy. It doesn’t matter that one injury might not be the direct result of Rose’s favoring another body part. Something’s going on here, people, something that doesn’t bode well for playing into June, which is the object of the exercise.
Rose has missed 40 percent of the Bulls season because injuries. It might not be a coin flip that he’ll be too hurt to play at least one more game before the playoffs, if not two, but that’s the way to bet.
Can I just say this: Who thought Richard Hamilton would become the durable starting guard?
Maybe it’s me, but it seems laughable to hear coach Tom Thibodeau say “we have enough to win’’ after the Bulls lost the second of a back-to-back to the second-worst team in the league while playing without their two best players. I realize the loss to Washington is as meaningless as a regular-season win over the Heat, but the point is the injuries to Rose and Luol Deng. I don’t need them to rush back because I know how weak the team is without them and I don’t want to see a playoff scoresheet that reads:
Rose DNP-Stupid Team
Deng DNP-Stop me if you’ve heard this before.
I don’t care if it’s unconventional team thinking to sit your star like that. Again, the regular season doesn’t matter compared to the playoffs. Nobody remembers the regular season, or if they do, they remember the Bulls strived and sweated and fought and surprised the NBA by finishing with the best record last season, and how’d that work out?
Seems simple to me: I’d rather have a rusty Rose working to regain his timing and conditioning in the first game of the playoffs against the eighth seed or even the seventh seed than risk losing him for the first round or longer altogether.
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