Derrick Rose Still “Open” to Returning This Season

Mar 21, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) before the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-USA TODAY Sports

While the days are winding down until the end of the NBA’s regular season, there is still some small chance that Chicago Bulls point guard, Derrick Rose, may return in the next upcoming days. The Chicago native and 2011 KIA MVP told K.C. Johnson of The Chicago Tribune that he remained optimistic about returning to the court soon, while others have already written it off.

“Oh, no,” Rose said, when asked if he’d announce he’s sitting out this season. “I’m keeping it open.”

“I’m not trying to think about that right now,” Rose said. “I’m just trying to get better. I’m just trying to help my teammates, give them confidence to go out there and play hard. I’ll play whenever I’m ready to play. Who knows when I’m ready to? Right now, all I can do is just cheer on my teammates.”

Rumors were first spread around that Rose would be return on a minutes limit, while other reports stated he wouldn’t. Needless to say, Rose said he would be open any minutes restriction at all.

“I wouldn’t mind at all,” he said. “Of course I want to play more. But it’s not that big. I’m going to play whenever I’m ready. I don’t care if it’s 15 or 40 (minutes). I just love the game too much. Like I said, I’m just waiting and praying about it. And hopefully I’ll be out there soon.”

Derrick Rose tore his ACL during the first round of last year’s first round series in the NBA playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers on April. 28. 2012. His return to the playing field was schedule to be from eight to 12 months.

Topics: Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, NBA

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