According to ESPNChicago.com, the Bulls expect Derrick Rose to take part in 5-on-5 practices next week when the players return from the All-Star break. This is good news as Rose recovers from his ACL surgery last May and the team is hoping to have the point guard back before the end of the season.
"We've always been feeling that way," says executive vice president John Paxson. "That's been our hope. But you never know. Let's face it, every injury and every rehab is different."
It seemed almost a forgone conclusion that Rose would return this season, however lately the narrative has changed and there's more talk that he won't play until the start of 2013-14.
"I really don't know," Rose told Nick Friedell of ESPNChicago.com on Wednesday. "I'm feeling good, but like I said, if it's where it's taking me a long time and I'm still not feeling right, I don't mind missing this year."
The Bulls enter the All-Star break as the No. 5 seed in the East, however they are only one game behind the Pacers for the No. 3 seed. The team has done well without Rose and that may be a factor in the decision to play this season or wait until 2013-14. Rose may never be the player he was before the injury, however he might be close to it if had does wait to come back.
"His shoe company, adidas, would love him to make his home debut on national TV whenever he's ready. It marketed his rehab as #TheReturn. Trust me, adidas would love to cash in from the real thing. Adidas executives did help Rose find a rehab spot in Los Angeles this summer, and they keep in close contact with Rose's team on his recovery. ... Rose's return has been commodified and marketed, hyped and hoped for. The life of a sports hero. But while Rose is Chicago's son, he's his own man. 'I know it's all on me,' Rose said in Boston. 'I just have to make the decision when I'm ready.' This is Rose's career. We're just along for the ride."