Shumpert-Rose similarities are limited
One sidebar to tonight’s Bulls-Knicks clash at the United Center is the April 28 connection.
On that date last year, both Derrick Rose and New York’s Iman Shumpert suffered ACL tears in their left knee as well as damage to the meniscus cartilage.
Shumpert, an Oak Park native, returned to game action on Jan. 17 and has now played in 40 games this season. Bulls fans don’t need a reminder that Rose’s return is still pending.
It’s an odd parallel, but there is a clear difference between the two players. Shumpert is a 20-minute a game defensive-minded role player, while Rose might put more stress on his body than any NBA player.
Shumpert is averaging 6.2 points in 20.7 minutes on the season. He scored 18 points on Tuesday against Washington, but scored 0 in the two games before that, so reports that he’s back in top form might be exaggerated. Shumpert talked about Rose in the New York Post recently.
“I get it. (Rose) is a franchise player,” Shumpert said. “He has a lot to do when he comes back.
The Bulls are playing good right now. He doesn’t want to come back and mess up the rhythm as he works himself back in.
“In my position, when I came back, I got guys we’re going to. We have prime-time guys on this team. (Rose) is that prime-time guy. When he comes back, he has a lot on his shoulders. He’s all about winning. I think if he feels he’s not 100 percent, he doesn’t want to be out there.”