Derrick Rose broke his silence toward the local media as he spoke to reporters today, a day before the Chicago Bulls take on the Sacramento Kings. Tom Thibodeau said before Rose spoke that #TheReturn would not take place Wednesday.
Here’s a quick rundown of Rose’s comments, from the Twitter feed of the Chicago Tribune’s KC Johnson:
On what might keep him from playing this season:
On taking it slow:
On his brother, Reggie Rose, being critical of the organization:
On his own relationship with the organization and the supposed rift therein:
On whether he’ll actually be back at all this year:
It’s hard to say how much should be taken from his comments. He continues to insist he wants to be “himself” when he returns, which is fine except for the part where it’s medically implausible. Everything we’ve seen over the last several years indicates playing in games is the final stage in the rehab process and it can take as much as two years to fully recover from an ACL tear. Maybe Rose is different, but it still seems unlikely.
All indications are Rose is nearing the point where he’ll be ready to return, but it’s very hard to tell how close it is, exactly. He could be back next week, he could be back next season. We just don’t know.
But at least Rose is finally talking to the local media guys again. Maybe they’ll finally stop getting their panties in a bunch now.