Chicago Bulls are set to open training camp on Friday, and point guard Derrick Rose told reporters -- including K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune -- that he is ready to return to the court. Rose said that no mental hurdles remain for him as he prepares for the team's Oct. 5 preseason opener.
“Right now, my legs are good,” he said. “I’m just trying to stay positive and keep my emotions from exploding, knowing the season is around the corner.
Rose said he isn’t worried about his knee.
“I’m past that,” he said. “I’m in training. While I was in LA the last month or so, I was working out three times a day.”In the interview, Rose sounded extremely excited to return to the court and put the past season's drama behind him. He said the preseason opener will be an "emotional day" as he's excited about the prospects of "just playing again."
Rose said the only thing that will be noticeably different in his game will be his confidence. Coming off major knee surgery, the All-Star said his confidence has actually grown. This is because of his practice during his down time on shooting, specifically a left-handed floater.
It's not clear how many minutes Rose will see starting out as he returns to action for the first time since suffering his knee injury. The team has said that they don't expect the point guard to be restricted at the start of the regular season.