If Derrick Rose is able to bloom in ‘The Windy City,’ the Chicago Bulls can win their first Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy since 1998


When healthy, never underestimate Derrick Rose’s ability to guide the Bulls.

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said shelved superstar Derrick Rose could begin partaking in full contact practices next week while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee.

The 24-year-old Rose, a three-time NBA All-Star who became the youngest player ever to earn the Most Valuable Player award in 2011, suffered the severe injury on April 28 during Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

“Very close,” said Thibodeau, 55, who agreed to lead Chicago in June 2010 and won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2011. “Very close. (Full contact) will be the next step.”

Rose, who Chicago took out of the University of Memphis with the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, is expected to return at roughly the All-Star break.

Although contending with the Indiana Pacers for supremacy in the Eastern Conference Central Division with an impressive 24-16 record, the Bulls can’t genuinely compete with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks or Brooklyn Nets sans a blooming Rose.

However, on the contrary, if the wounded Bull returns mended, playing alongside solid ballplayers Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng and Joakim Noah, Chicago and Rose can overcome any team in the association when the playoffs commence in April.

With Derrick Rose, an incredible, and extremely likable, talent who was born and raised in one of Chicago’s most violent and dangerous neighborhoods in its Englewood area, the Bulls will be “very close” to being able to capture their first Larry O’Brien NBA Championship Trophy since 1998.

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