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Derrick Rose: I read and heard everything that was said about me.
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CHICAGO -- It was Mike Ditka who said, "Those who live in the past are cowards and losers."
Write that down to repeat the next time someone whines about the games Derrick Rose didn't play last season.
Chicago's long nightmare of only seeing Derrick Rose warming up is finally over.
As much fun as it was to debate and complain about his never-realized return date, the time for dwelling in the disappointments of the past are almost over. Just a few more months until he's actually back. It's easy to forget that Rose is this city's biggest star.
Like Ditka, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't believe in dwelling in the past. At least not after he dissects tape of it.
With that in mind, the future is closer than ever for Rose and the Chicago Bulls, now that the NBA released its schedule for the 2013-14 season.
As you might expect, the Bulls are a top national draw. They're currently slated for 10 ESPN games, nine TNT games and five ABC games. Their local games will set ratings records. What's the record for a preseason game? Rose's first game back will smash it.
I looked through the schedule and tried to imagine how this season will go. After a year of Rose-free basketball, it's fun to think about him being back.
Oct. 29: Bulls open season at Miami
During the Bulls media day, Rose was inundated with questions about last year.
"I'm not talking about the past," he finally says. "But I promise you, you'll enjoy the future. I read and heard everything that was said about me. Y'all didn't think I didn't hear did you? This is my city and my season. Watch out."
Fast-forward to the season opener. The "Hollywood as Hell" Miami Heat get their second consecutive championship rings and the camera pans to Rose staring impassively in the distance.
Rose's decision to sit out the entirety of the 2012-13 season after ACL surgery the previous spring is brought up, as you'd expect, several times by the broadcast team as the game begins, as his mental readiness is questioned.
Rose shows the world he's back early in the first quarter. After passing out of the pick and roll the first two times down the floor, Rose catches the Heat napping and drives the paint for a one-handed flush.
His trademark-pending "stank face" after the dunk causes the Bulls bench to behave like they're the audience of "Def Comedy Jam."
Bulls radio man Chuck Swirsky gets so excited he tweets nothing but exclamation points for 15 straight minutes.
In Chicago, some well-meaning city worker accidentally sets off the air raid sirens that spooked the city after the White Sox clinched the pennant in 1959. No one seems to mind.
Rose scores 17 points in 35 minutes in a 103-99 win over the Heat, as the Bulls continue their regular-season mastery over the champs. After the game, Chris Bosh says, "Derrick Rose was back? I didn't notice. My rings were blinding me, I guess.