…because as Sam Smith of Bulls.com writes:
Bulls general manager Gar Forman Monday said the Bulls got good news — or at least as good as could be hoped for now — regarding Derrick Rose’s back problems.
Specialists Rose consulted Monday told the Bulls Rose doesn’t have any structural issues with his back, that it is spasms and they could disappear as quickly as they came.
Said Forman: “It really is day to day. He met with specialists. They reviewed the MRI and all the information. It’s what we thought all along. Nothing structural. It’s muscular. He’ll continue with therapy and rest. There is no timetable. He’s basically having back spasms. It might be tomorrow (when it eases) or three days. The good thing is there’s nothing structurally wrong. He’ll continue with the therapy as is.”
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to mop up my worried sweat off the floor.
As a recreational basketball player, I can tell you that back spasms are killer. It’s hard to get out of bed. It’s hard to stand up straight. It’s hard to walk across the room. Forget playing NBA basketball. It’s nearly impossible to even shoot a basketball.
But the crazy thing is this: you can be in nearly crippling pain from the back spasms and then just wake up one day and…POOF! They’re gone.
Now we just have to wait for Derrick’s POOF.
In the meantime, I doubt Rose will play at home tonight against the Kings. After that game, the Bulls face the Celtics in the United Center on Thursday night and have three more home games (Nets, Hawks, Bucks) before the All-Star break.
The Bulls should be able to win at least three of those contests without Rose (Kings, Nets, Bucks) and might even be able to beat the Celts or Hawks too. There’s really no sense in rushing Rose back into action. I’d rather wait for a fully healthy D-Rose than to have him miss any additional games down the road because he came back too soon.