Tuesday, March 12th, 2013 at 4:30 pm  |  26 responses

Derrick Rose Says He Still Has No Return Date

The Chicago Bulls and their fans have no other choice but to continue playing the waiting game with Derrick Rose — he says he will only return to game action once he feels “normal” on the basketball court, and there’s no telling when that will be. Rose also used today’s chat with the media to squash rumors that there’s a rift between the superstar point guard and his employer. Per the Chicago Tribune. “Speaking on the 10-month anniversary of surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Derrick Rose said Tuesday he still isn’t sure if he will play this season but has suffered no setbacks during his rehabilitation. ‘I’m waiting to that day where I feel normal,’ Rose said before a practice at UCLA. ‘Until then, I will just wait. I haven’t had any pressure from the organization. No one has to push me to go out there to play. My teammates have been doing great, playing hard for me. They’re out there fighting so that’s a good sign. And we’re winning games. So I’m not worried about anything right now.’ Rose said he can do everything physically, downplayed the hubbub over recent comments about his hamstring pain and said the main hurdle he has to clear is the mental one. ‘I can do everything,’ Rose said. ‘It’s just me having the confidence to do it and me feeling normal. I don’t have a (return) date, to tell you the truth. I’m just taking my time. I haven’t taken any steps back. I’m getting stronger every day. I did every workout possible. The workouts are getting a lot easier. I’m moving in the right direction. When I’m out there not thinking and just reacting, that’s how I know I’ll be ready.’ Rose said he isn’t surprised by the mental component to the rehabilitation. ‘I knew going in,’ he said. ‘This is a major surgery. I just think with any surgery, mentally, you’re just going to have to get over the hump. That’s what I’m doing now. I’m able to play but it’s just getting over that hump. Then I should be fine.’”

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  • AJ

    unless you’ve had acl surgery with a patellar tendon reconstruction, you can’t possibly understand.

  • RedDragon10

    He shouldn’t come back until he feels completely ready. Even if that means he might miss the post season, Rose’s health is more important. Disregard the flak and criticism.

  • LakeShow

    I disagree, I think he should come back whenever Adidas wants him to.

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

    I’m sure everything is fine and he’s just being cautious, but do you think he is scared to come back and not be at MVP level? I mean Ricky Rubio came back to a losing team. There was no pressure for him, and he could afford to play poorly and just work his way back into game (mental) shape. Iman Shumpert is just a rotation player right now. He was able to come back and play pressure free. When Rose comes back, people are expecting that the Chicago Bulls are going to immediately challenge the Miami Heat again. Chicago is expecting him to be a savior, and perform at an MVP level. There might be a little too much pressure for him right now. The last thing he wants right now is to come back rusty, and for the Bulls to underperform.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    oh lord

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    everything you said was on point. bravo.

  • justin

    That’s dumb

  • LakeShow

    I agree.

  • LakeShow

    god almighty!

  • pposse

    im looking into that option, please elaborate! the doc i went to recommended the hamstring recon but a friend of mine is tellin me that it takes longer to get to %100 going that route.

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  • pposse

    agreed. I did read somewhere tho that he and the bulls organization both expect him to come back and not be placed on any minute restrictions, that he only knows one speed and cannot and should not play any different.

  • Max

    I see what you did there.
    And apparently, Justin didn’t!

  • LakeShow

    you can’t be any geek off the street

  • KingBenjamin

    I don’t think that Derrick Rose realizes that his knee may never be “normal” again. I mean the guy has screws in his knee, its definitely not going to feel the same.

  • roscoe

    imo… avoid surg at all costs. rehab… pool… rehab… stairs… weights… yoga.

    surg wrecks u… mentally & physically…

    personally, i might consider a long term limp if i were you.

  • pposse

    right now im limping around like i suffered from a stroke or like one of them zombies from the walking dead.

    I must weigh all options; ill take this into consideration.

  • http://twitter.com/thursti_tyht Thurstian Tsui

    Such a different crowd.. I was reading a similar article on ESPN and half the comments were people complaining about how D Rose is disrespecting his team by not playing and wasting money and should be traded…

  • AndyK415

    I agree. As a Wolves fan is was great that when Rubio came back he only played every other game until he got into mental and physical shape again. Now he’s back to his old self with dazzling passes…but it took a few months. It’s too bad of the pressure that Rose is under once he returns.

  • AndyK415

    That’s because most of us on here actually care about the game

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

    that’s interesting…..you would think that would be a bad idea for anyone else, but for Rose it might actually be best

  • danpowers

    hm i am not so sure… i dont know what his fans actually expect but when a player returns from such a major injury, i would expect him to play a little bit below his standards for the remainder of the season. i think it takes some time to get back into rythm even for top dogs like him. i would be suprised if he would instantly be his old self straightaway. if he lost a step or two, then i think we would see the real derrick rose next season after he was able to work to adjust his game.

    i think nobody, including him, knows if and how this injury influenced his game. the only way to find out is to come back.

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

    exactly, I just hope he doesn’t fear failing, because it is inevitable, with his injury and this roster (most likely)

  • danpowers

    i think if this guy wouldnt be able to overcome his fear of failing then he wouldnt be where he is today

  • Xena

    I`ve been waiting for someone to say this. I think that`s what he`s struggling with: the fact that his knee may never be “normal” again or like it was pre-ACL.