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When Will Derrick Rose Play? Takes A Back Seat To His Great Heart


It’s gone to the level of absurdity when it comes to Derrick Rose suiting up for the Chicago Bulls during the 2012-2013 season. Maybe it’s an awful reflection of fans in the city as the toughness of quarterback Jay Cutler got questioned a couple of seasons ago as he got pulled from the NFC Championship game in January of 2011.

Turned out he had suffered a torn Medial Collateral Ligament in his left knee. Rose is a different story as last April he suffered a torn Anterior Cruciate Ligament during the playoffs. While doctors have cleared him to play phsyically, he isn’t mentally prepared to play and it behooves the Bulls to remain patient before having him return even it means sitting out the entire year including playoffs.

The worst case scenario is that he comes back too soon and is hesitant, which could also lead too other injuries. Even without their best player in the lineup  Chicago has done a great job with a 35-29 record and are fifth in the Eastern Conference.

Now this preposterous argument can take a back seat too his generous heart. After hearing the story of 6-month-old Jonylah Watkins who got shot five times and passed away from her injuries on Tuesday. This happened when her father stopped to changed her diaper.

Rose has offered to help pay for the funeral. No question now that anyone from Chicago shouldn’t question his decision not to play.

Even worse is that the gunmen involved is still out on the streets. A former police officer Alderman Willie Cochran said “we’ve talked with some of the gang leaders, and we’ve talked about how important it is for them to not harbor offenders that they know are offenders who have committed crimes associated with innocent victims.”

Jonylah’s father was the intended target and there’s a reward of $11,000 for information leading to an arrest.


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Robert D. Cobb
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