The Chicago Bulls are playing good basketball right now, and if Derrick Rose can get back on the court, maybe they can make a run at the East.
With the Miami Heat's winning streak, the dynamic duo of LeBron James and Dwyane Wade looks unbeatable, but with a healthy D-Rose that could all change.
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I know he is mentally not ready to play, and if he can't come back at all this year some people will question his overall toughness. It's getting a little old hearing analysts and pundits say D-Rose is tough when team doctors cleared him over a month ago to practice and play.
Bulls owner Jerry Reinsdorf and the team are in his corner, as are most Chicagoans. Nationally, however he is taking a hit.
We all have defended his stance, including myself, but with no end in sight and the possibility looming of Rose missing the entire season, the take on D -- Rose just might dip dramatically.
Look, being from a tough neighborhood doesn't automatically make you tough. D-Rose has never experienced adversity on the court of this magnitude, and there's no doubt it has messed with his mind. He said the other day he is getting the right amount of sleep and eating right.
Hey I'm glad about that, but what's the point here? The statement sounded like it came from a spokesperson for Michelle Obama's obesity campaign.
When Rose gets back we will all be thrilled, but the road back seems suspect right now.
The other night I watched Joakim Noah limping around with foot problems; I saw a less-than-100-percent Kirk Hinrich gut it out. Most athletes in all the major sports play at less than 100 percent -- just ask anyone of them.
I'm hearing D-Rose wants to be out there. I'm sure he does, but as his uniform hangs in his locker and he is unable to answer the bell, at least we know he is eating his spinach and getting a solid eight hours a night.
I guess that's a start.
Tiger steam ahead:
Tiger Woods wins his eighth Arnold Palmer tournament. He's putting like a madman, and he approaches the Masters with a full head of steam. His life is in order and having Lindsey Vonn as his love interest is looking like a good thing.
The rest of the PGA Tour field is once again behind the great Tiger. The wake-up call is here and Tiger is No. 1 for the first time since 2010.
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