In his first public comments since tearing his ACL in his left knee on April 28th against the Philadelphia 76ers, Derrick Rose posted a 45-second video where he thanks fans for the well-wishes and says he will be back on the court soon.
“Thank you for all your support, your prayers, cards, messages, emails, just checking up on me,” Rose said. “I know I haven’t been out there but I appreciate everything. I appreciate you all who have been watching this video. I just been having therapy, going to therapy every day.
“Hopefully, you all will see me back out there. My biggest concern is don’t worry about me. I know I’m going to be all right. I know that I’m healthy. I know that I’m positive. I believe in God. So I should be back on the court soon. I hope that you support not only me but the Bulls.”
Rose underwent surgery to repair the ligament on May 12. He has been in rehabilitation since, switching locations from the Berto Center to Alabama to California. He was also seen leaving an L.A. club, limping without crutches a few weeks ago, which caused some fans and analysts to question his ethics.
Rose’s brother and manager, Reggie, told Chicago papers after he completed surgery, that he will indeed play next season. Brian Cole, the Bulls team physician, said Rose will need 8-12 months to return to action, and maybe another year before he is back to his old self. Either way, it’s clear that Derrick is indeed doing everything to guarantee he comes back for the 2012-13 season. Too bad the Bulls front office has done nothing this summer to surround the former league MVP with talent, and bringing him back early wouldn’t make much sense. This upcoming season for the Chicago Bulls and their fans, has mediocrity, and an early playoff exit written all over it. Nikola Mirotic, we are waiting…..
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