Wizards’ John Wall on Derrick Rose’s rehab: He did the right thing
BY JOE COWLEY Staff Reporter October 11, 2013 8:20PM
Updated: November 13, 2013 6:09AM
RIO DE JANEIRO — The criticism Derrick Rose received from fans and media for sitting out the 2012-13 season seems to be dwindling.
Wizards point guard John Wall said the criticism was unwarranted.
“He did what he wanted to do, to take as much time as he needed to make sure he was confident,’’ said Wall, who will oppose Rose on Saturday. “And look how good the Bulls were last year without him, so they can be great with him. He’s a big factor for their team. He creates shots on his own and can get the ball to his teammates.
“It’s all his body, all his mind-set, so he knows what’s best for him. He knows what’s best to make sure he feels comfortable and feels healthy. That’s what he did.’’
Wall, entering his fourth season with Washington, knew Rose was back when he saw him in workouts over the summer.
“He just got everything he had back,’’ Wall said. “He’s more confident, and he did the right thing.’’
Former Bulls forward Horace Grant, who’s also in Brazil, agreed.
“The Bulls and D-Rose made the right decision,’’ Grant said. “Just to rehab, relax, get stronger, get quicker, get faster, then come back.
‘‘With a guy like that, you can’t put too much pressure on him to come back when he’s not ready physically or mentally, so the right decision was made on both sides.’’
Around the rim
Joakim Noah (groin) will be a game-time decision, but expect the Bulls to continue to be cautious with the injury.
Noah practiced with the starters Friday, but Nazr Mohammed will be ready to step in if Noah is rested.
† Grant said that he and former teammate Michael Jordan had a conversation about Rose’s potential a few weeks back, and “[Jordan] said the same thing: If [Rose] can stay healthy, the sky is the limit for that young kid.’’