UPDATED: Derrick Rose to Resume Basketball Activities in Two Weeks


It hasn’t been the best start to the 2015-16 season for Derrick Rose. But, despite the facial surgery on Wednesday, there’s real optimism for his return before the regular season kicks off late next month.

To recap Derrick Rose’s frantic start to 2015-16, he spoke about his pending free agency (which doesn’t kick in until after next season) and took an inadvertent elbow to the face during the first practice of the season for the Chicago Bulls.

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As controversial as the former was for Rose, the latter is what Bulls fans have been eyeballing since news broke on Tuesday evening that Rose was slated for facial surgery after fracturing his orbital bone.

But, new Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg provided a positive update about Rose after successful surgery on Wednesday in Chicago.

That’s some good news for Bulls fans, as there still is no set timetable for Rose’s return. The fact that playing in the season opener on Oct. 27 against Cleveland is in play for Rose is a fantastic sign that this won’t be a long-term issue. Hoiberg also spoke with Rose after the successful surgery and mentioned that Rose is in high spirits.

The only real concern is for Rose to potentially having to get used to playing with a mask as his face heals after surgery. Thanks to @_MarcusD_, we’ve got a realistic glimpse at what Rose could look like for Opening Night potentially:


Other Bulls practice notes:

  • Pau Gasol had one heck of a summer with Spain in their EuroBasket tourney victory. Also during the summer, Gasol has surgery to clear his sinuses.
  • Taj Gibson was a full participant in the second practice of the year.
  • Gibson also thought it might have been him that injured Rose on the play where Rose fractured his orbital bone and led to the surgery.
  • You can’t make this stuff up, folks. Unreal.

UPDATED: Per reports, Derrick Rose will resume basketball activities in two weeks

Two weeks from Wednesday is Oct. 14, which puts the Bulls at 13 days until the season opener. Will Rose be ready? We’ll have to wait and see.

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