Last season, much of the focus was on a player that never took the court. That player was of course Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose. The Bulls expect to have Rose back on the court this season, and during his tour in Asia the All-Star told reporters that he believes he’s back to “100 percent.”
Here are Rose’s comments via CSN Chicago:
"I think I am a 100 percent," Rose said. "I'm doing almost everything. I'm squatting, running, lifting almost every other day, just being back on the court after you have an ACL injury, you're kind of hesitant at first about how you step, what way you should step, learning how to run, accelerate, accelerate while you run and while you're slowing down. For me, I'm reacting right now where all I have to think about is if I have to get to a spot, I'm going to get there no matter what. It kind of feels good having that feeling again."
The Bulls will take on the Indiana Pacers in their preseason opener in less than three weeks. After tearing his ACL late into the 2011-12 season, Rose missed the entire 2012-13 campaign. His absence was met with disdain, as he was reportedly medically cleared to return by the team.
Whatever the case, it appears Rose is now healthy. Still, while he can say he feels 100 percent at this point, the true test will be to see how he responds when he’s back on the court for regular-season action.