Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is recovering from a torn ACL suffered at the end of April and is currently rehabbing the knee which could take six to nine months to fully heal. While it was initially believed that Rose could be ready to return to the Bulls during the All-Star break this upcoming season, the Bulls guard is non-committal about his return.
Rose spoke with NBA TV’s Steve Aschburner and acknowledged that there is still the possibility that he will miss the entire 2012-13 season as he recovers from the knee injury. Rose has been warned about returning to action to soon and knows that returning for the final few months of the season could prove to do more harm than good.
Anytime you are dealing with an ACL injury, you need to be patient in rehab and not rush your return. That may not be what Bulls fans would like to hear but it is the reality Rose is dealing with.
Speaking with ESPN’s Rachel Nichols, Rose explained the patience he will approach his recovery with:
“Everybody has their own opinions,” Rose told Nichols. “When the time comes I just have to be ready and prove to the people here that I am ready to play. Who knows when that time is? If it’s all year I might wait the whole year, so what? If I come back at the All-Star (break), so what?
“If anything, I think I’ve learned it’s going to help me with my patience. I think I’m way more patient.”
The Bulls opened the preseason Tuesday against the Memphis Grizzlies and Rose was watching on. While it is not wear he would prefer to be, he can still help the team by being a vocal leader on the sidelines until he is healthy enough to return.