[From the comments. Derrick Rose is off-topic.-yfbb]
I know no one wants to think about it and that the Bulls are waiting until next year. But if there’s any chance and I mean ANY chance that Rose can get back in the playoffs… he has to do it. The Pacers are free falling and Wade is at a point in his career where you can’t trust him to finish a whole game let alone a playoff run. The Playoffs are a long journey full of off days. If Rose ’s knee is healthy (which it should be) there is stil time to get this guy acclimated for a playoff run and have him rolling by the ECFs.
We can’t keep waiting until the "next season". This year may actually be the year where things have fallen together enough for he Bulls to actually get out of the East. I know it’s mot likely but if Rose can make it back the time is now. Not next year.
Give me a break with the "He wasn’t the same player" stuff. Westbrook took some games to get back to himself as well and he wasn’t getting over a torn ACL. Rose was working his way back and showed the same explosion that he had before. His shot selection and forcing of his game was probably his biggest problem which is related to rust and why he needs to play ASAP. You don’t get to assume the worst case scenario because Rose didn’t get to play more than 10 games. And even in that you have a game winning shot, six 3s to beat the Pacers and a game in which he was owning Damien Lillard before going down with his knee injury and the Bulls were on a 5 game winning streak at that.
We laugh at the Pacers because they deserve it. They aren’t missing anyone and they are in the midst of an all out descent that doesn’t take place often in this league for a team trying to nail down a #1 seed. They are choking and that’s not about getting a player re-acclimated. That’s about a lack of leadership from the top down in an organization. Big difference.
Even if Rose is off the bench that's fine with me. But if you start Rose, what it does is move Hinrich to SG and move Jimmy to his natural position of SF. You don’t mess with DJ’s minutes at all and you still play him in the 4th qtr. You then move MDJ to the bench where it helps improve bench scoring. So if Rose came back and was rusty, I think it still helps the team in terms of scoring and re-aligning the rotations by starting him.