After missing the entire 2012-13 season, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose is obviously itching to get back on the court.
The Bulls will take on the Indiana Pacers in their preseason opener Saturday night and Rose can’t wait to go up against someone on another team.
“I’m a guy where whoever’s on the court I’m going to go at them,” Rose told Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago. “If it’s my teammates, it could be my mom on the court, she’s going to get killed. I could care less who [is out there]. For me, I’m just trying to build that mentality where I don’t care who’s out there, I’m going to play the same way.”
When Rose takes the floor Saturday, it will be the first time he’s played in a game since April 28, 2012 when he scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and dished out nine assists in a 103-91 win over the Philadelphia 76ers in game one of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. Rose, of course, tore his ACL late in the victory and the 76ers went on to upset the Bulls in the series.
“I’m ready,” Rose said. “I’m just ready to go out there and play. Every day I’m getting stronger, I haven’t had any setbacks. I’m just looking forward to the day where I step on the court.”
Rose, the 2010-11 league MVP, averaged 21.8 points, 7.9 assists and 3.4 rebounds the game during the 2011-12 season.