Originally written on BlackSportsOnline  |  Last updated 11/11/14

The world wanted to know what held Derrick Rose back for suiting up last year once he was medically cleared to play? Rose shed some light on this during the Bulls media day. “I never felt like I could take on a double-team,” Rose said. “I knew that I could get past one person, but in the playoffs, you really have to think the game and people are going to throw different strategies and defenses at you almost every game. “I knew I wasn’t ready to take on the double-team in the playoffs, so I had to make the decision that I’m not coming back.” One could say, how did Rose know for sure he couldn’t take on the double team if he didn’t try? I believe this was more of a mental block than anything else, in Rose’s mind he came up with a plausible reason why not to play, but in reality he just wasn’t ready mentally. Hopefully for the Bulls he is ready now.

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