Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf made an appearance on WMVP’s “Talking Baseball” show last weekend and made time to talk basketball.
Reinsdorf compared Derrick Rose’s ACL injury to Michael Jordan’s broken foot in the 1985-86 season. Long-time Bulls fans will remember Jordan fighting to play late that season while Reinsdorf and GM Jerry Krause didn’t want to take the risk. Jordan won the battle and scored his playoff-record 63 points against Boston.
"I'm not going to let him back until the doctors tell me that it's absolutely safe for him to come back," Reinsdorf said, according to espn.com. "I made that mistake with Michael Jordan years ago where I think we let him come back too soon. It worked out OK, but it might not have. This time I'm not going to make that mistake. Until the doctors say he's 100 percent and they put their reputations on the line, he's not coming back.”
The estimates on Rose’s return are anywhere from mid-January to the 2013-14 season. The all-star break seems to be a reasonable guess, but it all depends on how his rehab progresses.
Reinsdorf endorsed the Bulls’ summer transactions, which amounted to replacing most of the bench players with less expensive alternatives.
"(General manager) Gar Forman has done a great job of turning over the bench," Reinsdorf said. "We lost most of our so-called 'Bench Mob.' But if you look at the numbers, the bench actually has the potential to be more productive than the old guys.
"We still have Joakim (Noah) and Luol (Deng) and Taj (Gibson) and Carlos (Boozer). I think we're going to be a pretty decent team without Derrick. Will we win a championship? I doubt that very seriously, but if we can hang in there and get to the playoffs and if Derrick comes back, who knows? We might be there at the end."