D-Rose The Return Pull UpIn an interview after one of the USA Men’s Team practices last week Rose said, “My confidence was high, but I didn’t know how good I was. You know how good you are, but I didn’t know. Now my confidence is crazy. I know how hard I worked, and I believe I’m one of the hardest workers in the league.” Chicago has been excited ever since! Even though this is coming from a guy that has been able to cash his check while only “working” ten days in the last two years… How could this be?

Derrick Rose was Chicago’s next great one, that is until he went on the cycle of, get hurt, rehab for a year, and repeat. Even so, not all Chicagoans have lost hope. They believe in Rose’s #SecondReturn just as much as Adidas did during their ad campaign for #TheReturn.Derrick-Rose-Return-2012-1680x1050-Wallpaper-BasketWallpapers.com-¬†As Chicago sports fans, we are a glutton for punishment. We love our Bears (this is the year by the way) and we haven’t been able to do the Super Bowl Shuffle in what seems like an eternity. Our Northsiders haven’t shaken their goat fetish trauma for 106 years and counting. And we still believe the 90’s Bulls are the greatest team ever assembled, but it’s time to put down the Nirvana cassettes and realize that “His Airness” is 51 and will not be dismantling the Utah Jazz in the Finals anytime soon. So why do we hold on to hope for a man who has only played 10 games in the past two years?

Paul George StretcherJAT has a comic book theory we want to share. D-Rose is just playing his part as the hero, while LeBron James is playing the villain. Much like all good stories, the hero has to take a beating, get hurt, rebuild his strength, and find a way to beat the bad guy even if it is against all odds. D-Rose believes he is still that guy. He is not planning on hanging up the cape anytime soon. He says his confidence is “through the roof” and we are already excited about what we are seeing during the USA scrimmages, except for the Paul George’s injury. In addition to the gross factor, he got hurt playing for America, not the Pacers, which means he was playing for all of us. We are happy it makes us the favorites in the East, but we don’t cheer for injured players. Remember this is Chicago, we aren’t like “classy” Philly fans! Example Below:

On Oct. 11, 1999, Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury at the Vet. Fans cheered as Irvin lay crumpled on the ground.

On Oct. 11, 1999, Cowboys receiver Michael Irvin suffered a career-ending neck injury at the Vet. Fans cheered as Irvin lay crumpled on the ground.

Favorites in the East does have a nice ring to it, but that means all of the city will be counting on the, medically engineered robot, legs of D-Rose. Well I guess that means we will take robot legs for 1000 Alec! Bulls in 6 for the Finals.Alex Trebek