Chicago Bulls 2013-14 Player Grades: Derrick Rose

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Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls fans had waited patiently for Derrick Rose to make his long-awaited return from a torn ACL injury he sustained in the 2012 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers.

And with him back in the fold, the Bulls were expected to challenge the two-time defending champion Miami Heat for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Initially, Rose’s return was everything fans had hoped for as he helped lead the Bulls to a perfect 8-0 mark during the preseason with averages of 18 points and 4.3 assists per contest.

Unfortunately, for Rose and Bulls fans, title aspirations would have to be put on hold once again after he tore the meniscus in his right knee in late November.

So how did Rose fare in his short-lived return?

To answer this question, let’s take a look back at his abbreviated 2013-14 season, including season stats, highlight/lowlight, memorable moment and my final grade.

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