Has Derrick Rose decided not to return?

Has Derrick Rose decided not to return?
May 5, 2013, 6:00 pm
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CSN Staff

Questions regarding Derrick Rose's health have circulated all season, but according to Yahoo! Sports' Adrian Wojnarowski, those questions may be over.

After the Bulls' impressive Game 7 win in Brooklyn last night, Wojnarowski wrote a column saying Rose and the Bulls should be upfront about the former MVP's status. In the piece, Wojnarowski--one of the most well-respected columnists/reporters covering NBA--cited an unnamed source who said Rose had already made a decision internally to sit out the rest of the season.

"His choice has been made to sit out the season and it includes no provisions for turning back, sources with direct knowledge told Yahoo! Sports," Wojnarowski wrote.

The news would not come as a major shock, seeing as many, if not all Bulls beat reporters--including CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam--have predicted Rose would not return at any point this season, but Wojnarowski's source marks the first time any seemingly concrete evidence--if an unnamed source can be considered concrete--has come out.

The Bulls face their toughest test of the season when they begin a best-of-seven series in Miami against the defending-champion Heat tomorrow night. And while a Rose return would certainly help, it's a tall order to ask Rose to make his first game appearance in more than a year against the prohibitive favorites, led by the recently-named MVP, LeBron James.

Still, Rose himself says he still has not ruled out a possible return. He spoke to reporters before Game 7 and said he was unaware of the public pressure on him to return to the lineup, and that he's still working diligently in his rehabilitation.

A week from today will mark exactly one year since Rose's surgery. New York Knicks shooting guard Iman Shumpert, who suffered a torn ACL on the same day as Rose, debuted on Jan. 17 and has not missed a game since.