Since game one of last year’s 76ers versus Bulls playoff matchup, the question on every Chicago sports fans mind is the same. “When is Derrick Rose coming back?”
The Windy City Assassin has been noticeably gone from the Bulls lineup for close to 10 months, and now his return may be longer than expected.
What we know about Rose’s rehab comes from a series of Adidas videos called “The Return” and what people could squeeze out of Tom Thibodeau. The recent reports say that Rose is doing full contact practice and participating in 1 on 1 and 3 on 3. This news has led people to speculate that Rose’s return could be a week or two away. Hopes of Bulls fans were dashed when Derrick Rose came out and said he doesn’t think he’s ready to play.
”I’m not coming back until I’m 110 percent. 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.”
Rose says he’s currently somewhere in the high 80s, meaning he still has some distance to go before he reaches 110 percent. Rose has been relatively quiet about his recovery, this being one of the few times he’s spoken to the press.
The team has refused to say anything about a timeline for his return, hoping to keep the pressure off Rose. Rose’s high 80% status is all we have to go on for when the youngest MVP in league history will return.
Rose refuses to come back before he can be a dominant player again, he doesn’t want to come back and have to handicap his game. He has however spent most of his rehab working on his jump shot and becoming a much better-rounded scorer. Rose says he’s going to come back better than before, although it may not be till next season. Rose says he can’t quite dunk yet but once his leaping ability returns Chicago fans will see him on the court.