Hubbard: History suggests Rose critics should be careful

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Derrick RosePerhaps the most impressive aspect of the controversy engulfing Derrick Rose is that he has been supported by the majority of journalists who expressed an opinion. (For example, here.)

That’s not to say his continued absence from the Bulls’ lineup has been universally endorsed. Some have ventured into the dangerous territory of suggesting that Rose should be playing after undergoing surgery on his left ACL, and certainly the Bulls encouraged such criticism in March when they announced that Rose had been cleared to play.

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Ladewski: Derrick Rose Held Hostage, Day 377

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Derrick RoseCHICAGO – The Heat and the Bulls met in Game 3 of the Eastern Conference semifinals Friday night, but the real story wasn’t about who was in uniform. It was again about who was in civvies.

The undermanned, overmatched Bulls were without Luol Deng and Kirk Hinrich, and when center Nazr Mohammed was ejected in the first half,  team radio analyst Bill Wennington was next in line, presumably.

No matter.

Podcast: Should Derrick Rose come back vs. Heat?

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In the wake of the Chicago Bulls opening a 3-1 lead over the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round series came this piece in the Chicago Tribune in which Reggie Rose – the brother and manager of sidelined Bulls superstar Derrick Rose – said, “(Derrick) is getting his mind ready, getting comfortable with his body. I think (his mind) is probably at a good 90 percent now.”

So does that mean Derrick Rose is getting ready to finally return to the court and face the Miami Heat?

Easy, flash. First, the Bulls have to knock off the Nets, who looked pretty good for 45 minutes on Saturday. And point guard Kirk Hinrich is questionable for Game 5. 

And should Chicago get past Brooklyn, the idea of Rose making his return and attempting to hit the floor running against the defending champions soounds a bit daunting, even for a former MVP.

I discussed Rose’s possible return, plus who may be on the way out in Lakerland, with Andy Furman of Fox Sports National Radio on Sunday.

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What Should Derrick Do? Be Like Mike

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derrick rose 300x160Nearly a year after Derrick Rose went down on a mindless drive to the basket late in a lopsided playoff victory, the  question no longer is when the superstar guard of the Chicago Bulls will return, but whether he should bother at all.

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SH Blog: Derrick Rose’s brother rips Bulls, Rockets remain interested in Howard

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So the trade deadline came and went, which we covered extensively, without the much anticipated movement of players such as Josh Smith, Paul Pierce, Eric Bledsoe, Monte Monta Ellis and others.

The biggest name to be traded as the clock moved to 3 p.m. was J.J. Redick, which Chris Sheridan talked about here.

With teams trying to get under the luxury tax, we are now expected to deal with smaller moves and deals that have next to no immediate impact on the court, like the ones the Golden State Warriors made at the final hour, from Rusty Simmons of San Francisco Chronicle: “The Warriors avoided paying the league’s increasingly punitive luxury tax at the last possible second, dealing away end-of-bench players Charles Jenkins and Jeremy Tyler minutes before Thursday’s trade deadline.

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