Long Layoff Over, Rose Returns In Rush

NBA.com | Hang Time Blog

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– This so-called feel-good story permeating the Chicago Bulls through the first eight days of the preseason – Derrick Rose coming back from 17 or 47 months away, off doing surgery rehab or covert operations or whatever – has a flip side, of course.

For the Bulls, their fans and basketball enthusiasts in general, it’s a terrific thing, the return of their star and leader. For rival teams and folks in cities where Rose (gasp!) gets booed, another season or two sitting out – to make really, really sure his left knee was healed – would have been just fine.

“I called him this summer to see if he was interested in coaching when Brian Shaw left,” Indiana coach Frank Vogel said, teasing, before Saturday’s preseason opener at Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the first for Rose in exactly 75 weeks. “I had a position for him…

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