HEAT Prepared for Rose in 2013 Playoffs
The Miami Heat weren’t spying, but that doesn’t mean they weren’t collecting intelligence.
That doesn’t mean plans weren’t in place last May when the Heat met the Chicago Bulls in the second round of the playoffs, as Derrick Rose routinely went through aggressive pregame workouts before ultimately deciding not to return from his devastating 2012 playoff knee injury.
Instead, the return comes for real in Tuesday’s season opener at AmericanAirlines Arena.
“He had been practicing for some time, at least that’s what our intelligence told us,” center Chris Bosh said this past week of where the Heat’s antennae stood during last season’s series. “We were getting ready for him. Obviously, with him being an MVP of this league, one of the most talented guys in this league and one of the leaders of that team, we expected him to be back, because we knew he was healthy enough to play.”
That, of course was an ongoing matter of conjecture during the playoffs, with Rose offering mixed-signal game-night teases with his rigorous pregame sessions.