It all starts with “soreness.” And that’s what the Chicago Bulls should be afraid of.
For the often-injured, that’s what one injury after another begins and ends with. For Andrew Bynum‘s never-ending injury woes, it began, and continued, with knee soreness. For Dwyane Wade‘s often injured knees, it also began with knee soreness — and still continues.
And the list goes on and on.
So, should the Chicago Bulls be concerned with Derrick Rose being added to that list?
Despite the healthy amount of soreness that Rose is destined to suffer from, at least early on in his recovery process, you can’t but start with the “here we go again” theme when it’s announced that Rose is suffering from soreness. Especially when it causes him to miss practice and an exhibition game.
For the time being, though, Rose is adamant about the fact that the Bulls, nor their fans, have nothing to be worried about. At least not yet.
After insisting that his problem was “general soreness,” to use Thibodeau’s description, as opposed to knee-specific discomfort, Rose said: “For sure, this is huge for me, just for my game. I don’t [have] to go out there and score 25, 30 points every night.”
Adamant that his fans “don’t have to worry” that his knees are acting up, Rose vowed to practice Thursday and play here Friday night against Puerto Rico and “try to put on a show.”
Rose was held out of the two practices leading up to the exhibition game against the Dominican Republic. He went through morning shootaround, but was a “precautionary” late scratch from the game.
With the hope that Rose’s “general soreness” will be behind him, he’s expected to be ready to play in USA’s final exhibition game on US soil against Puerto Rico Friday. The team leaves for Spain and the FIBA World Cup Saturday.