The same day Derrick Rose had surgery to repair the torn ACL in his left knee, his older brother Reggie Rose told me how a similar knee injury adversely affected his college basketball career.
No doubt Reggie's unfortunate experience is influencing Derrick's decision to be extra cautious about when to return to the Bulls.
Reggie never has said he was or could have been as good as Derrick, but he was not too shabby. He led the city in scoring as a 6-foot-3, 180-pound senior guard at Hubbard High School. Reggie was set to accept a scholarship offer to play at Cincinnati, but poor entrance test scores ruled out that possibility, according to news reports.
DePaul and Iowa also had recruited him. He initially went to Garden City (Kan.) Community College, where he helped lead the team to 43 victories in two seasons. Reggie then played at Idaho after assistant coach Ray Jones recruited him relentlessly.
"When (Derrick) jumped and fell down, I could see him pressing his knee like he was trying to push something back in," Reggie told me then. "I was with my friend and I looked at him. He said: 'What? He twisted his ankle?' I said: 'Naw, I think he tore his ACL.' As soon as he did it, I kind of figured that was what it was. Just looking and knowing what happened to me … I tore mine in '94.
"Now, today with the medical stuff they have now, I think he has better physicians, better equipment and everything so he can come back strong."
Reggie, who was inducted into the Chicago Public League Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame last spring based on his play at Hubbard, had a plan in mind for Derrick after the surgery.
"The biggest thing to do is not put a time limit on (the return). It's when he feels comfortable," Reggie said then. "When he comes back, he has to learn how to trust his body.
"I tore my ACL in college also, so it's about trusting his body. Once he learns to trust his body and says that thing is ready, then we'll put him out there. But other than that, if the Bulls are in a playoff chase or whatever and they try to pressure him back … we're just not going to pressure him back. That's the way we're looking at it."
Reggie was criticized widely when he responded to a reporter's question and bashed the Bulls' failure to add quality talent at the NBA trade deadline in February. However, Bulls general manager Gar Forman insists communication between the organization and the Rose camp remains consistent, and that Derrick is the one who has to make the call regarding his return.
Bulls teammates have supported Rose's patient approach, as well as players and coaches from other teams.
"From the outside looking in … I'm not around him every day, but when Derrick Rose is ready and he feels confident he can come back and play, that's when he will make his choice," reigning MVP LeBron James said this week. "He should be the only one to decide that. No one else is playing for him, no one else has to put on a uniform and play at a high level. He's the guy who has to do that. When he's confident and he's ready, that's when he should come back."
Reggie told me Derrick's friends call him "The General" because "when I come around I am always nagging and fussing." Reggie said he simply wants Derrick to take care of his body and watch what he eats.
"You can't put 80-cent gasoline in a Ferrari," Reggie preaches. "I think sometimes … he's young, he can do that. But now I think he is going to eat right and listen a little bit more and just come back bigger, faster, stronger."
Bulls fans simply want to know when.