Have You Forgiven Derrick Rose?

RoseToday’s column from CBS Chicago

(CBS) Does Chicago owe Derrick Rose an apology?

On Monday, in his column at, Sam Smith posed that question. But I think I have an even more relevant one to ask about Rose:

Have you forgiven him yet?

On Friday, the Chicago Bulls will open their 2013-14 training camp. The team will be hoping to build upon last season’s surprising-but-controversial campaign during which the Bulls went further in the playoffs than most expected – but also went far longer without their franchise point guard than most expected, as well.

Derrick Rose hasn’t donned a Bulls uniform for a game since tearing his ACL on April 28, 2012. After the injury, the point guard was given a recovery timetable of 8-12 months, and on Jan. 31 started taking full contact in practice. On March 9, Rose was cleared by doctors to return to game action, but as everyone in Chicago knows, he did not, and ultimately the Bulls fell to eventual NBA champion Miami in the second round.

At the time, Rose explained about his decision to sit out that he just didn’t “feel” right yet and admitted that his reluctance to play was mental, not physical.

That distinction set much of the Bulls’ fan base against Rose, many of whom seemed willing to cut off their nose to spite the face of the franchise. Among those was one of my Twitter followers, who said that if Rose didn’t play against the Heat and that New Orleans offered guard Eric Gordon and two first-round picks for the Bulls superstar, he’d consider it.

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