Apr 28, 2012; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) reacts to scoring during the third quarter in the Eastern Conference quarterfinals of the 2012 NBA Playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers at the United Center. The Bulls won 103-91. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Wierzbicki-US PRESSWIRE

Derrick Rose's Rehab is "Ahead of Schedule"

There hasn’t been a lot of good news to talk about when it comes to former MVP Derrick Rose, but according to his surgeon Dr. Brian Cole that will all change. Cole went on record Wedensday to say that Rose is “ahead of schedule” in his rehab to strengthen his repaired ACL.

Derrick Rose is ahead of schedule with his ACL rehab according to his surgeon Dr. Brian Cole. (Mandatory Credit: Mike DiNovo-US PRESSWIRE)

Cole also stepped up and squashed rumors that Rose suffered a setback in his rehab.

“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.”

The initial timetable for Rose’s recover was 8-12 months and most are pegging February and March as a return date for the MVP. But this latest update from Cole is the most encouraging news we’ve had about Chicago basketball in general in quite some time.

Rose also met with a therapist in Alabama last week which sparked rumors from ESPNChicago that he was getting a second opinion from surgeon Dr. James Andrews who has been made famous for having clients such as Hope Solo, Albert Pujols and Tom Brady. Cole stated that the meeting was not with Andrews but was instead with a therapist that shared his office.

“Derrick is ahead of schedule. 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.”

Bulls GM Gar Forman also commented on Rose’s rehab earlier this week.

“Derrick Rose is doing terrific,” Forman said. “He’s been diligent in his rehab. He’s made tremendous progress to this point.

The timetable for his return still seems to be the same but the encouraging thing to take out of all this is that it appears Rose won’t be as crippled in his future ability to be Derrick Rose and make Derrick Rose style plays as we all initially feared.

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