Derrick Rose on return: “I’m not thinking about it.”
How can one not feel for Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose? Two straight season-ending injuries on opposite knees has left the future uncertain for the extremely talented, but oft-injured superstar.
Just like last year, everyone wants a timetable for Rose’s activity, rehab, and return. While Bulls center Joakim Noah has kept very faint hope alive that Rose could return if the Bulls made a playoff run past the first round, it is more likely that he sits out the remainder of the season. Rose did say he would like to play for Team USA this summer.
I haven’t even had a chance to think about it,” Rose said Wednesday night at the Bulls’ charity gala at the United Center when asked if he’s done for the season. “I’m just worrying about my next stage in this process and that’s running right now. I’m on the AlterG (an anti-gravity treadmill). Hopefully be running without it pretty soon.
I’m not keeping (a return) open. I just said right now I’m not thinking about it. I’m not running yet. When I get off the AlterG, that’s when I’ll consider coming back or not.
Rose is one of basketball’s bright young stars, but multiple knee injuries can be devastating, especially for a player like Rose who relies a lot on his explosiveness. We wish him the best in his rehab and look forward to a strong return in 2015.