The former Creighton sharpshooter, three-time All-American and Wooden Award winner was playing with Rose in summer league practices at the Bulls practice facility before departing for his professional debut with the Bulls summer league team in Las Vegas on Saturday and had glowing reports about the former MVP.
Rose has only played in 10 regular season games over the past two seasons while missing the last three postseasons with a torn ACL and later a torn meniscus, but the youngest MVP in league history looks like his old self according to the No. 11 pick in this year’s draft.
“He looked great. You can tell he’s trying to get into better shape, but he looked real healthy to me. He was doing stuff he normally does, so that was great to see. He finds people so fast. He makes those quick decisions when he gets around the basket, so it’s great to have a guy like that,” McDermott said.
The Bulls have been down this road with Rose before as they heard glowing reports about his health and the way he was attacking his rehab from the torn ACL he suffered in a playoff game vs. the Philadelphia 76ers, so you can understand guarded optimism surrounding anything health-related with Rose.
However, I think Bulls fans can let their guard down some as this injury is less devastating than the ACL and appears to be in a better mental state after being emotionally distraught throughout his first recovery.
A healthy Rose will do wonders for McDermott who should be the beneficiary of a number of his passes for some big three-pointers as the Bulls hope to get deep into the postseason after a first round exit last season.