Or if Derek Rose wasn't the only gutless member of the gutsiest team in the NBA, can you imagine the sh*t we'd be hearing if Melo was medically cleared to play but decided to call the season a wash
It's very, very, hard to support him not playing at this point, bro. The only possible reason I'll accept is fear of re-injury because he still feels really weak on it. If the docs say there's no chance of that happening (and I've not heard that - but this is a 24/7 topic of conversation here on sports radio in Chi-town) even if he could throw in 10 minutes of play making and scoring we'd be in a much different place against Miami. Unfortunately we have to look to Boozer for a lot of scoring and that doesn't work well as he doesn't defend in the paint or at all. Big problem against Miami's big 3 but even guys like Andersen are chumping him.
All said - I couldn't be prouder of the heart shown by the Bulls. And the vacancies have brought some guys up a few notches. It's going to be a nice dilemma next season to have to pick between Jimmy Butler and Deng for the 3 spot.
You're right - Melo would need an armed escort if he pulled this crap in NY.