Good news for the Chicago Bulls: former NBA MVP Derrick Rose is likely to return to the lineup for the first time this season immediately following the Feb. 15-17 All-Star break.
Rose, who has been sidelined since suffering a knee injury in the first round of last year’s playoffs, is reportedly ramping up his participation in practice in preparation for a return to the lineup. ESPN reports Rose could be back better than ever after adding 10 pounds of muscle and tirelessly working on his jump shot. This is well worth considering when making your NBA picks moving forward.
The Bulls have performed admirably in Rose’s absence, thanks in large part to All-Star-caliber production from Joakim Noah and resurgent play Carlos Boozer. The Bulls (22-15) currently sit fourth in the Eastern Conference and are just three games behind the first-place Miami Heat. Rose’s return figures to be huge and could make the Bulls a legitimate to challenger to the Heat for conference supremacy.