Derrick Rose says he's 100 percent healthy, will be ready for season opener
Rose received loads of criticism for his lengthy recovery, and while it may not have been fair to bash a player for taking his time rehabbing a serious injury, Rose certainly could have eased the verbal barrage by giving some insight as to when he felt he could return. It wasn't until July that Rose revealed that after receiving medical clearance he still could not handle double-teams, and he wasn't going to play until he could improve in that area.
The speculation could have been decreased drastically if Rose or the Chicago Bulls simply kept the media updated on the former MVP's recovery. In a world where news is seemingly broken before it even happens, sports fans have no patience to wait weeks at a time without an update on a superstar's injury status - if there are no facts to be shared, fans will come up with their own theories as to what is going on behind the scenes.
Fortunately, it appears that speculation is no longer necessary when it comes to Derrick Rose and his recovery from knee surgery. Rose told reporters over the weekend that he is now 100 percent healthy and will be ready for the start of the regular season.
The news doesn't come as much of a surprise, as it would have been shocking to see Rose still recovering at the start of the 2013-14 season, 18 months since injuring his knee back in the 2012 NBA Playoffs. On the heels of players like Adrian Peterson making superhuman recoveries from knee surgery, it seems like Rose should have been back months ago, but you can't really blame a player for wanting to make sure his body is ready (from both a health and performance standpoint) before returning to action.
Over the past month, quotes from head coach Tom Thibodeau have been overwhelmingly positive. He claims that Rose's explosiveness is back to where it was before the injury, and says that Rose is much more confident in himself, which is perhaps the best news Bulls fans can receive. Rose is not being limited at all in his preparation for training camp, so there is no reason to think he won't be ready to roll when that time comes around.
Having sat out the entire 2012-13 season, Rose will now have the benefit of playing in preseason games before being thrown into regular season action. As a result, there should not be as much rust as if Rose had returned in the middle of last season. It still may take a few weeks of the regular season for him to return to the MVP-caliber player that he once was, but he should be racking up points in regular Derrick Rose fashion after not too long.