After sitting out all of last season due to a torn ACL, Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Friday to assure everyone that he is ready for the upcoming season.
The Chicago Bulls point guard was injured during the first round of the 2012 playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers, and had to be carried off the court.
Subsequently, Rose hasn't played in 18 months in order to fully recover and avoid further injury. Because of his lengthy absence, Rose has been the target of a lot of criticism, especially because he was given a huge five-year, $94 million contract extension. During media day on Friday Rose responded to those concerns stating,
"As a fan, of course I want my favorite player to be back out there- But at the same time, I have to be selfish. The thought of me going out there and injuring myself again, I didn't want to put myself in that position. Everyone's free to voice their own opinion. I can't stop people from saying stuff, all I can do is continue to work hard, compete, and handle myself as a player."Rose also wanted to put to rest concerns about how well he will play next season- He told reporters, including Sean Highkin of USA Today,
"I think I'm going to play the same way. I think the only thing that's changed in my game is my confidence level. I think I'm way more confident in my craft, in my game. I worked out a whole year training on my body."That's good news for Chicago fans who are looking forward to his return.
Before being injured, Rose was MVP for the 2010-2011 season and led the Bulls to the top of the Eastern Conference in the 2011- 2012 season.