Houston Rockets star Dwight Howard has implored Chicago Bulls talisman Derrick Rose not to rush back from his latest injury nightmare, after shining in a 109-94 victory over a Rose-less Chicago last night.
Howard was just one rebound shy of a seventh-straight double double in Houston colours against Chicago, making 11 from 14 field in a strong personal showing which included scoring 23 points.
Chicago have struggled for consistency without their shining star Rose, with Howard sharing empathy with his plight and the Bulls' situation as they look to salvage a stuttering season.
'Superman' told The Chicago Tribune: "It's just an unfortunate situation for him. He tried so hard to come back from the one (ACL) injury and then he got injured again.
"Injuries are not something that are easy to come back from. It's mentally draining. When I hurt my back, just trying to get back into it five or six months after not being able to do anything, you're watching guys play and it hurts. I know how he feels."
Rose suffered a torn medial meniscus on November 22, an injury that looks likely to keep him sidelined for the remainder of the season.
Chicago have battled bravely without Rose but sit well of the pace in the Eastern Conference with a 9-15 record, which makes them highly likely to be busy in the trade marker this winter.
Houston meanwhile continue to go from strength to strength with Howard and James Harden performing, occupying fourth in the West with a standout 17-9 record which makes them strong play-off contenders.