(NEW YORK) — The fate of the Chicago Bulls season this upcoming fall will rest largely on the shoulders of point guard Derrick Rose, more specifically his knees. Rose is recovering from a torn ACL but the team wants him to fully heal before making his return to the court.
“I’m not going to let him back until the doctors tell me it’s absolutely safe for him to come back,” Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf told ESPN 1000. “I made that mistake with Michael Jordan years ago where I think we let him come back too soon. It worked out OK, but it might not have. This time I’m not going to make that mistake. Until the doctors says he’s 100 percent and they put their reputations on the line, he’s not coming back.”
Rose suffered the injury during the team’s opening round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. Despite holding the best record in teh Eastern Conference last season, they were outed in the first round due to Rose’s absence.
Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game during the 2011-2012 season.
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John Newsome and Anne Woolsey, CNN