Via Nick Friedell at ESPN:
Carmelo Anthony on Thursday implored the media and fans to have patience with Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose in his return from knee surgery and the New York Knicksforward believes Rose should sit out the rest of the season.
“I wish ya’ll would stop rushing Derrick back,” said Anthony, whose Knicks, winners of 13 straight, play the Bulls on Thursday night. “Please. He shouldn’t come back until he’s about 110 percent ready. I don’t think he should come back if he’s not ready to go out there and play. If he can’t compete at a high level then what’s a couple more months going to do? What’s two more months going to do? I don’t think he should come back and that’s just my opinion.
“I really don’t know where he’s at with his rehab and stuff like that, but I feel bad for him because I know he’s got to deal with that every day, he’s got to deal with that question. And nobody really knows on the outside what he’s really going through, what his body is going through. So until he’s 100 percent right, I would hope he would sit out.”
A source told ESPNChicago.com in early March that Rose has been medically cleared to play but needs to regain his confidence in his left leg before he will return. With five games left in the regular season time is running out for Rose, but he has said he wouldn’t rule out returning for the playoffs.
“There’s no drop-dead date. That’s the thing,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday. “Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. We made that clear. That’s where it stands.” Are you also awaiting Derrick's return?
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