Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  33 responses

Derrick Rose Willing to Miss the Season to Get Healthy

by Marcel Mutoni @ marcel_mutoni

For the first time since the regular season started, Derrick Rose has begun to open up about his left knee injury. According to the Chicago Bulls supertar point guard, he will not rush his return the court, and Rose says that he’d be willing to sit out the entire season to get his surgically-repaired knee right.

Though anxious to rejoin his teammates on the hardwood. D-Rose admits that he’s not physically ready to hoop again.

Per the Chicago Sun-Times:

“I really don’t know,’’ Rose responded, when asked if he saw a return for the 2013 playoff run. “I’m feeling good, but like I said if it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I won’t mind missing this year. I would love to [play], I would love to. That’s why I’m approaching my rehab so hard. I’m trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it’s no point.’’

When the Bulls come out of the All-Star Break, Rose is scheduled to play in five-on-five scrimmages for the first time, and then take it from there. The concern, however, was even though there have been no setbacks and the rehab process moves forward, it does so with a knee that “isn’t still feeling right.’’ … “It’s both still, where my leg isn’t still feeling right,’’ Rose explained, when asked if the biggest hurdles were more mental or physical. “Mentally, I think now I’m fine. Just every week trying to do something different, every day stay on my rehab, do a little bit more, lift a little bit more, squat a little bit more. Taking it very serious.” … “Being able to dunk,’’ he explained, when asked when he’ll know it’s time. “I can’t dunk. I know if I dunk off stride I will be out there playing. But I can’t.”

Derrick Rose went on to say that he appreciates that the Bulls have left the decision regarding when to return entirely in his hands.

The former MVP brushed off reporters’ suggestions that he might begin to shy away from contact when he hits the court again. Rose insists that his hard-charging game will not change: “I’m not afraid of that,” he said. “I know that’s going to happen. That’s the way I play. I’m not scared of taking a hit at all. … I’m working on my shot, but you’re not going to label me as a shooter,” he said. “My game is always going to be driving.”

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  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    (that he is sitting out, not that he is still hurt. he needs to take his time, shouldn’t feel pressure for this season).

  • timbo slice

    heres to hoping hes 100% when he gets back, hes too good a player to go the way of brandon roy for example

  • pposse

    i thought there were reports in january saying that he was dunking.

  • spit hot fiyah

    i remember that too, maybe it was on a nerf hoop or using some dounuts

  • Max

    Great to hear. Smart move DRose.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    he can dunk. he can’t dunk off his stride. Meaning jumping off of just his hurt leg.

  • roscoe

    from what i know… brandon’s injuries are bone related while drose injury is a tear.

    drose will most likely not have the set backs that roy continues to struggle through.

    and with his work ethic i would bet when he comes back it be a. peterson 2.0

  • roscoe

    but what do call your inability to dunk?

  • Redd

    This is great, he’s maturing and being a father he’s looking at things differently. Younger D Rose would’ve been back by now.

    But man Bulls need to make some trades to accommodate the team no matter if he returns or not.

  • pposse

    coo coo just making sure

  • Redd

    He can’t do running dunks.

  • theDankerNuggets

    Rose is definitely his own man, it seems like he has always been one to do things his way only

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    a lack of athleticism

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    this is a tough decision. bulls are holding fort. rose does not want to come back and kill chemistry but if he comes back he wants to be at 100% and not a shell of himself!

  • AndyK415

    This is tough. On one side I want D-Rose to be completely healthy but on the other hand I REALLY want to see what him and these Bulls can do in the playoffs…

  • RayJr

    He’s gotta be pretty far away if he can’t dunk in stride yet. His game is all explosiveness so he’s gotta be around 50%. Rehab it and let it take as long as it will take.

  • robb

    This guy does all the right things. I hope he can recover fully, if he can do that he’s gonna be one of the all time greats I have no doubt.

  • Redd

    Lol why did I get down votes? That’s pathetic haha.

  • Fat Lever

    Good for him. If he’s going to be shouldering the load for the Bulls for the foreseeable future, you better be fully healthy. As a fan of the game, this is also good.

    Now the difference between him saying this and getting props and Bynum saying this and getting slammed is because you can tell Rose loves to play the game and is doing everything he can to come back and help his team. Meanwhile, Bynum(even just based on his responses to the media) seem to generate a feeling that he could care less when/if he comes back.

  • LP

    The Bulls won’t be making noise anyway….Just Sit out Rose…This is the Third year in a ROW we lack a actual scoring threat beside rose…..its getting disgusting…

  • VanCityBBall

    Very smart move if he does sit out the rest of the season (wow that is hard to say) but i would rather have DRose play at 110% rather than 90ish… get better soon derrick

  • Word

    Who honestly rushes to work when you get unlimited sick days?

  • TBRK

    smart move, all respect to D Rose….but while you’re gone can you tell adidas to stop making them ugly shoes….because we all know you aren’t wearing them

  • The Philosopher

    Ricky Rubio should take note…

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    the same 2,3 people down vote your posts every time no matter what, guaranteed…yes lol pathetic

  • ThaWindy

    Contrary to popular belief and Rose, he’s ready. The only way to get to 110 percent is to start playing on it. That rehab is only going to take you so far. Like Thibs said theres nothing like game speed. Its never going to feel the same because you no longer have a ACL. But once you forget about it, you play like you’re 110 percent.

  • Jaha.

    How can you say “He’s ready” when he says in the post above that he can’t even dunk yet…

  • Caboose

    If you don’t want down votes, I’d suggest not whining about them.

  • Caboose

    Rubio is starting to look REALLY good lately. Yeah, he probably came back 2 or 3 weeks too soon, but he didn’t need the whole season off.

  • Caboose

    I am sick of hearing Bulls fans whine about your team without Rose. Oh no, we only have 2 All Stars! Why can’t management get people who can score??? Just stop it already.

  • Redd


    I’m not whining, as Mike pointed out I always get down votes automatically from a bunch of commentators who are emotional & conflicted by what I say.

    Such as yourself clearly, you’re open to comment about me but please avoid assuming & being a complete douche.

  • ThaWindy

    Because they only way to get to 110% is to start playing on it. It’s not going to every stop feeling numb, and those nerves will always tingle…he didnt say he couldn’t dunk…teammates say he has… He can’t dunk off that leg, off stride… And when he can he’ll know he ready but that will come the more he plays on it….that’s why AP told him to go hard…that’s why I think he’s ready…

  • James

    Derrick Rose a punk. The bulls should trade him to the bobcats so mj can show him the real meaning of super star. All he’s doing is bringing the bulls down. Dump him now.