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Derrick Rose “Ahead of Schedule”

  • Jason Whitney

According to Dr. Brian Cole, the Chicago Bulls team physician, all-star point guard Derrick Rose is ahead of schedule. Rose, who suffered a torn ACL in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers was said to have a recovery period of 8-12 months. reported Tuesday:

“Rose traveled to Alabama to consult with surgeon Dr. James Andrews. But Cole, the head team physician for the Bulls, noted that it was actually a therapist in Andrews’ office with whom Rose is working. Cole said the trip to Alabama had been scheduled before Rose’s surgery. Andrews was not in the office nor will he meet with the 23-year-old All-Star, Cole said.”

“Derrick is ahead of schedule,” Cole said in a phone conversation Wednesday night. “This was part of the plan established before surgery. This was not a consultation with another physician, but rather it’s working with another therapist in collaboration with the Bulls’ training staff.”

This is great news for Bulls fans who have heard rumors that their prized point guard could possibly miss all of next season. Another good piece of news came when Dr. Cole dismissed the notion that Rose had a setback.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Cole said. “He’s ahead of schedule. [The rehab] is a way to keep things fresh for Derrick, to help give him some variety.”

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