John Paxson says shutting down Derrick Rose not a discussion

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Despite Derrick Rose’s constant struggle to remain healthy, Bulls Executive Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said in an interview with the “Mully and Hanley Show” on WSCR 670 the Score that shutting him down was not currently a discussion. The organization preference, obviously, is to allow Rose to work through it.

“I’m not sure that that would solve anything,” Paxson said of shutting Rose down for a period of time. “Look, there’s no guarantee … There’s no guarantee if we do that that come Christmas time, he’s going to be fine. It’s frustrating for everybody. It’s most frustrating for Derrick … We all want a healthy Derrick Rose, a healthy team.”

Rose stayed in the locker room after playing only ten minutes in the Bulls’ loss in Denver on Tuesday. Rose has struggled with ankle sprains and most recently a left hamstring strain. Paxson later told the radio hosts that if the hamstring injury considers to bother Rose, they may have to consider shutting him down.

Rose was in the lineup for Friday’s game in Boston.


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