It has been less than two months since Derrick Rose went down with yet another knee injury, but fans of the Chicago Bulls got a dose of positive news surrounding their superstar on Monday.
Thibodeau said Derrick Rose is off crutches and will begin traveling with the Bulls “in the next couple weeks.”
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) January 13, 2014
K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune reports that Rose is off his crutches already, and as a result of that, he could be seen with the team in the very near future. Rose tore his medial meniscus on November 22nd, and this time (as opposed to the 2012-2013 season), the team wasted no time in ruling him out for the remainder of the season.
There was a bit of speculation that Rose could make a return during the playoffs (whispers that he actually began himself), but I would be shocked if the Bulls a) made the playoffs, or b) allowed him to play in just a few months. Still, Rose getting off crutches in about 8 weeks is undeniably exciting for the organization, and they will only go as far as he can take them in 2014-2015.
It remains to be seen whether Rose will ever return to the 25+-point, MVP-caliber form that he flashed early in his career, but the minute that he’s healthy, the Bulls are scary good again.