Derrick Rose is finally speaking to the media again after a nine-month blackout following his ACL tear. He sat down with USA Today’s Jeff Zillgitt for an interview, where he said he absolutely will not return until he is “110 percent.”
After months of “updates” that were essentially nothing more than ‘Hey look, there’s Derrick shooting jumpers before the game!”, this comes as a breath of fresh air. But then again, there was some bad news. Or maybe some good news, in light of the Bulls recent issues with Joakim Noah’s foot.
“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports on Monday in his first extensive interview since the 2012-13 NBA season began. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”
How close is Rose to 110%?
“Right now, probably in the high 80s,” he said. “Far away. Far away.”
There are two ways to look at this. One is to be extremely pleased by how cautious Rose and the Bulls are being about the situation. The last thing anyone wants is for Rose to come back too soon and make things worse. The second is to be disappointed that we are unlikely to see Rose back on the court any time in the immediate future. For all the continued speculation that Rose would be back after the all-star break, that always seemed just a little unlikely. Some time in early to mid March would seem more likely at this point.
Just hold tight, Bulls fans. Derrick Rose will be back before you know it.