Rose Is Right Where He Belongs – On The Bench

Saturday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) In Chicago, the bloom may be off the Rose.

But that doesn’t mean that Rose should get off the bench.

Nevertheless, with the Bulls a M*A*S*H unit – featuring calf pulls, plantar fasciitis, debilitating viruses and even spinal taps – many Chicagoans are indeed seeing a different kind of red as the team hobbles its way into tonight’s decisive Game 7 against the Nets in Brooklyn.

Following the short-handed Bulls’ narrow loss in Game 6 on Thursday, their frustration – or outrage – with star Derrick Rose has reached a fever pitch. Many can’t understand why the star point guard isn’t playing, now that it’s been one year and six days since he tore his ACL, surpassing his projected recovery timetable of 8-12 months.

On Jan. 31, Rose started taking full contact in practice and was cleared by doctors to return to games on March 9. He has not. And with fans now seeing Rose’s ailing teammates pouring their guts out – literally, in the case of the flu-stricken Nate Robinson – against the Nets, they’re up in arms about their point guard still sitting.

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