Wall thinks Rose should sit out

Wall thinks Rose should sit out
April 2, 2013, 9:00 pm
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After missing more than two months with a knee injury Washington Wizards guard John Wall knows firsthand how long it takes to get your rhythm back. With less than three weeks until the playoffs start Wall believes that Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is better off sitting out the remainder of the season.

Rose had surgery for his torn ACL back on May 12 and has spent this entire season rehabbing with the expectation that he would return at some point.  The Bulls medically cleared Rose to play several weeks ago, but he doesn’t feel 100 percent confident in his left leg.

"I feel like [if] I were in the situation I wouldn't really [come back this year] because you don't have enough time to get into a rhythm,” Wall told ESPN. “Then you get to the playoffs, D-Rose wouldn't be good for that team just playing 20 minutes a game. They're already a good team and good defensively, but to be even better he would have to play more minutes."

After returning in January Wall has admitted that he’s just now worked his way back into playing shape.  As a result he’s playing some of the best basketball of his career. In the month of March Wall averaged 22 points, 8 assists, and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 48 percent from the field.

"It took me until March to really find my rhythm of getting into game shape," Wall said. "It took so long because the first month, month and a half I was playing 20 minutes. You play five minutes a quarter; you can't really find yourself, so it's very tough. But when you get to start starting and playing more minutes you start to find yourself again, so it was pretty tough at the beginning."

Despite pressure from the die-hard Chicago fan base Rose has maintained that he will return when he’s ready; and not a moment before. New York Knicks guard Iman Shumpert tore his ACL on the same day as Rose last spring, but has been back on the floor for over two months. However, no two ACL injuries are alike and Wall agrees with Rose’s approach to his health.

"I think he's doing it the best way you should," Wall said. "Take your time and feel like you're fully healthy. With that type of injury you've got to take your time and make sure you feel comfortable with it.”