Now lacking an alibi, it’s time for Derrick Rose to again play like a MVP

Derrick Rose needs to stand upright and play ball.

Reiterating comments by Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, general manager Gar Forman expects Derrick Rose to play normal minutes with the starting rotation this autumn.

The 24-year-old Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee during Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite being medically cleared on March 8 and participating in full contact practices for almost two months, the youngest man to ever earn the MVP award never performed in 2013.

“I don’t see any reason where he wouldn’t be (ready),” Forman said. “He continues to make great progress.”

Thanks to ballsy competitors like Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah, the fifth-seeded Bulls nearly forced the Miami Heat to fly back to Chicago for a Game 6 in May.

Although calls for Rose to resurface were entirely understandable, it’s hard to fathom the native South-Sider wouldn’t have been on the hardwood without a solid reason.

Plus, even with a blooming Rose, Miami was eventually going to scorch last year’s version of the Bulls.

Ignoring cries from fans and mounting criticism from onlookers, Rose wisely waited to fully mend.

However, considering Robert Griffin III and Darrelle Revis endured comparable injuries and are prepared to compete in a collision sport, Rose no longer has an alibi.

Disregarding stale updates of “great progress,” it’s time for Derrick Rose to again dominate like a megastar.

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