Rose's situation a blessing in disguise?

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Rose's situation a blessing in disguise?

As worrisome as the state of Derrick Rose's back is to both the Bulls organization and fans alike, keep in mind that it could be worse.

The fact that a specialist confirmed, via general manager Gar Forman, that the Eastern Conference All-Star starter doesn't have any structural damage should be viewed as a huge positive.

While the injury has been lingering since early in the team's just-passed nine-game road trip and Rose's day-to-day status (as well as his admission about how much pain he was in) are concerning, but not as dire as a diagnosis that the reigning league MVP, at only 23 years old, is afflicted with an ailment could impede the progress of his already-stellar career.

That it's occurring now, as the Bulls are entering a home stand prior to the upcoming All-Star break, is also good fortune, as the arduous travel -- complete with late-night flights and sleeping in different hotel beds every other night -- in this condensed schedule can't be good for his present condition.

With the Bulls having a lofty 23-7 record at this point -- a win Tuesday night against Sacramento or a Miami loss will send head coach Tom Thibodeau and his staff to Orlando, joining Rose and teammate Luol Deng -- as well as a day between each home game and not exactly a gauntlet of elite teams on the slate, it's a perfect time for the point guard to rest.

Critics will say he could have sat out road contests at New Jersey and New Orleans, in which he played limited minutes, but let's not pretend Thibodeau or the front office held a gun to the head of Rose, a fierce competitor, and forced him to participate.

Along with starting backcourt partner Rip Hamilton, also ailing with a right-thigh injury -- not to mention the death of his grandmother, his family's matriarch -- Rose should take the time to properly heal and if he chooses to play in the All-Star Game, it should be a token appearance, which is almost guaranteed if Thibodeau is coaching him.

Either way, the combination of how the schedule breaks for the Bulls (though Thibodeau would argue that no games are easy in the NBA) and the long-term damage to his back is potentially minimal, Rose's current situation should be viewed as a blessing in disguise.

What's your opinion of the ongoing saga?

Bulls Road Ahead: Trying to get back to .500 yet again

Bulls Road Ahead: Trying to get back to .500 yet again

Mark Schanowski and Mark Strotman break down what the Bulls need to do to get back on track on this edition of the Bulls Road Ahead, presented by Chicagoland and NW Indiana Honda dealers.

A stellar win over the Grizzlies on Sunday has all but been forgotten, as the Bulls lost to the Mavericks on Tuesday. Now back under .500 for the fourth time this season, the Bulls will have to regroup as they prepare for a back-to-back against the Hawks and Kings.

See what else they had to say in this week's Bulls Road Ahead.

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

Bulls Talk Podcast: What went wrong for the Bulls against the Mavericks?

In the latest edition of the Bulls Talk Podcast, Mark Schanowski, Kendall Gill and Justin O'Neil assess what went wrong for the Bulls in their Tuesday-night loss to the Mavericks and wonder why the Bulls struggle against good teams but win against the league's top teams.

Also, the guys discuss whether the Bulls are over reliant on isolation plays for Jimmy Butler and Dwayne Wade in the fourth quarter. And, Robin Lopez says he might start taking 3-pointers. What does Kendall think about the new era of the stretch five?

Plus, Kendall shares which NBA city was the biggest road party scene, and the guys discuss the possible comeback of Ben Gordon.