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Rose, Bulls doing this right

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Derrick Rose says he can't dunk yet and will only come back when he feels ready.

Good for him. It's the best way to proceed, and we should all be saying just take your time.

If Rose came back with 20 games left in the season, do we really believe that the Bulls could win the East? The answer is a resounding no.

Let's not mess around -- just wait for a healthy and healed Rose to come back next season.

He will be a great player again, but can he be what he once was? Will he have the explosiveness? Will he be able to leap and contort his body to make those unreal shots?

Yes, he will, but even if he loses a little -- and that's a real possibility -- hopefully it won't be noticeable.

His comeback from this injury will be as much mental as physical, and I think on both ends D-Rose will be fine.

The Bulls and D-Rose are doing this right. Let's hope it pays off.

Ventura not ready to add year:

Robin Ventura was offered a one-year extension with two years left on his current contract as manager of the White Sox. He turned it down, and I get the feeling Ventura may not be in it for the long haul.

Think about it folks, you are at work and your boss offers you an extension after only one year on the job; most people grab it. After all, another year, another payday.

But Ventura is a smart guy, and I think he's bracing for a tough year. I don't think he needs the money or the hassle.

Nature will take its course, and Ventura knows if he gets the job done, the money and the job will be there down the line.

My question is for general manager Rick Hahn: You didn't want to spend the money on a relief pitcher or a player or didn't want to re-sign an all-star caliber catcher like A.J. Pierzynski, why are you focusing on extending Ventura's deal?

Isn't this the same manager whose team collapsed in the last month of the season and cost the White Sox a playoff spot?

Remember, the Ventura-led Sox lost 11 of their last 15 games and showed little fight down the stretch. Ventura is showing more patience and moxie then the inexperienced GM.

If Ventura doesn't know if he's the right man for the long haul, how can Hahn? Hey, my friend, beef up the roster and quit worrying about the front office!

MJ moment ... with White Sox:

Michael Jordan is going to be 50, and my personal favorite Jordan experience occurred when the Monsters (Jiggetts and North) were sent to Sarasota to cover Jordan with the White Sox.

We did a radio interview with him from the lunchroom, and watching Jordan's familiar frame come through the door in a White Sox uniform was utterly surreal.

The interview was fun and a little contentious, but you could tell he truly believed. Sarasota was a total circus, but it made for some good times.

•Mike North's column appears each Tuesday and Friday in the Daily Herald, and his video commentary can be found Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at For more, visit

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