Derrick Rose hasn’t thought about Bulls return this season, Team USA this summer maybe

Feb 11, 2014; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up before their game against the Atlanta Hawks at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Matt Marton-USA TODAY Sports

The Chicago Bulls like they’ll march to another playoff appearance without former MVP point guard Derrick Rose. Because the Eastern Conference is so weak, they could easily make it to the second round extending their season, but head coach Tom Thibodeau ruled out a return.

Now Rose is reiterating that there is no date in mind for a return to the Bulls.

“We haven’t even talked about (a return date). I just come in every day, six days a week, and just try to do all my work and see how far it’s going to take me when I step back on the court,” Rose told CSNChicago.com. “I work out six days a week, so I don’t have time to think about basketball….

“I’m not keeping it open. I just said that right now I haven’t thought about it,” Rose said. “I can’t think about it. I’m not running right now. When I get off the AlterG, that’s when I’ll consider coming back or not.”

He is optimistic that he’ll be ready to play for Team USA later this summer though when they play in the World Championships in Spain.

“If my leg is feeling healthy and I’m there, I’m all in. Of course I want to play for that team,” Rose said. “Playing for that team, it helped the year I won MVP, just getting in the groove. I’m excited if I am able to play in it.”

Topics: Chicago Bulls

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