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The Chicago Bulls’ MVP Derrick Rose has been injured ever since the playoff series last year against Philadelphia. The Bulls are doing very well in their star’s absence with a record of 30-22, still in strong playoff contention in second place in the Central division of the Eastern Conference.
The Bulls lost to the Boston Celtics last night on a last-second missed shot from Carlos Boozer. After the game, Rose was interviewed about his status and condition. According to the Chicago Tribune Rose said, "I would love to (return). That's why I approach my rehab and workouts so hard. I'm trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible. But if I have anything lingering on, it's no point. My leg still isn't feeling right. Mentally, I still feel I'm fine. Every week, I'm trying to do something different —stay on my rehab, lift a little more, squat a little more. I'm taking it very serious."
He has to be very careful that he doesn’t reinjure himself trying to return too soon. If he sustains another injury to the same bone or ligament, then that could easily affect his career. With Rose still being so young, it’s important he protects his health and his future.
The Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau has been handling the injury situation very well. It’s important for head coach’s to stay on task with the team and allow the injured player to do the instructed rehab.
According to Associated Press, when asked about Rose, Thibodeau replied, ''He's right on schedule. When he's ready, we'll know. We'll go from there. That's why we've approached it the way we have. The team has to concentrate on their improvement and their next opponent. He has to do his rehab, and then at some point, he'll rejoin us and we'll go from there. Nothing has changed.''