After tearing his ACL on April 28th, Derrick Rose is finally back on the basketball court again. Rose is far from doing any explosive drills, but he is able to do some stand still shooting. According to his surgeon, Rose won’t be fully healed for another 8-12 months.
Rose recently spoke about his injury and said, "I remember everything. I remember jumping in the air and coming back down, and just that popping sound. I felt it actually tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go. I didn't have that that much pain after that. In the beginning I did, but I didn't want to yell or anything. When that happened, all I could think about was people just talking. You could hear the whole arena, people just whispering all around -- one of the things, like 'Not again. Come on, man. First game back. We had the win' -- and I was just hoping [it was] nothing serious. Then we got to the hospital, got in the MRI machine, the whole time praying. Dr. Cole, the Bulls' doctor, came up to me and told me it was torn. I couldn't believe it. That's the closest thing to death, the closest to death I've got to right there, where it just seemed like the wind and everything was taken out [of me]."
The good news is that Rose is currently 2-3 weeks ahead of schedule and is in Los Angeles working on his strength and conditioning everyday.
Rose said, "I'm definitely two or three weeks ahead of where I'm supposed to be, but that still (doesn't) help the part healing-wise. I've still got to take that time off for my leg to heal. Of course, strength-wise it's getting better every day, but scar tissue still has to heal, getting used to me just laying on my knees. Knee's still numb in some areas. Hopefully I'll get over that, but the doctor says I'll forget about it when the season goes on, so I should be all right."
Rose was projected to return to the court around mid-March, but if his rehab progresses at the rate that it has been, it may be much earlier. The one thing the Chicago Bulls and Rose will not do, however, is have him return to the court any less than 100%.