Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose is returning for the first time since tearing his ACL over a year ago, and you can see the rust when he takes the court. Rose has struggled mightily to regain his pre-injury form and he’s not shying away from the fact that he isn’t playing well.
In fact, Rose openly stated that he has plenty of work to do.
“You can call it whatever you want to call it,” Derrick Rose said after his 13-point, 4-for-14 shooting, eight-turnover game in the Bulls’ Saturday-night loss to the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center. “I’m not playing well right now.”
“I would have to say the turnovers,” Rose responded when asked what bothered him most about his performance. “The missed shots, I could deal with. My rhythm’s going to come. But the turnovers, I had two or three in a row. We couldn’t afford them at the time. But all I could do is work hard and like I said, it’s going to come to me.
“Me just doing too much, overthinking the play,” he continued when asked why they were occurring. “Easily could have dropped the ball to Booz or Jo, but just thinking too much. But it can easily be fixed. We blew a lead and at the end, they got to almost every loose ball, hit almost every shot they needed to win the game.”
It is a long season, so Rose has plenty of time to regain his form, but the Bulls would like to see the Derrick Rose of old as soon as possible.