While the Bulls have managed a good season this year, many fans feel it would be better with the return of their star Derrick Rose. Unfortunately for the Bulls, his comeback from an ACL tear is not going to be anytime soon, in fact no date has even been set for him to start practicing with the team. Rose made his first public appearance with the Bulls at a holiday party for 100 Chicago kids at the Berto Center yesterday.
Rose has not been on the sidelines or has made any appearances since last year, but he says he is starting to like what he sees on the court from his team. “They’re playing good basketball. They’re learning how to close out games towards the end,” Rose said. “They’re making smart plays, playing with each other and moving the ball. That’s something we’ve been doing great.”
A report last week said that he was weeks away from returning to practice with the team but Rose’s statement to reporters yesterday contradicts that. “I’m feeling good right now. Rehab is going good. I’m working out six times a week and I’m trying to get on the court as soon as possible but being patient and taking my time,” he said. “And everything’s going pretty good.”
Rose said he was happy to go to the holiday party yesterday for the kids. While he was there he signed autographs, took pictures and handed out gifts to the kids whose parent(s) are deployed, overseas or lost a love one, and kids from CHA (Chicago Housing Authority). “Just seeing the kids, letting them know we’re people, too,” Rose said. “We’re just down-to-earth people.”