Doris Burke of ESPN reported during the first quarter of the Chicago Bulls game with the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday that Derrick Rose is basically ready to come back, but his hamstrings are “on fire” after practices.
This explains quite a bit about Rose’s progress in his comeback. It would seem Rose isn’t worried about his knee specifically as much as he’s worried about the rest of his body. Apparently, spending 10 months recovering from knee surgery is not conducive to keeping one’s legs in NBA game shape. Who knew?
In light of recent news — the Bulls supposedly leaking Rose’s “medically cleared” status to put pressure on him to return sooner — this revelation is simultaneously reassuring and distressing. It’s good to know his ACL is good to go, but weakness/fatigue in other areas often is cited as a factor in major injuries. I, personally, have no interest in having Rose come back before his hammies are here they need to be, as that could easily lead to another injury.
Again, let’s all settle down and let Rose take whatever time he needs. He’ll be back eventually.