Derrick Rose's remarks this week raised the possibility he might not play at all this season while still rehabbing his surgically repaired knee. But Chicago Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson said Wednesday he remains hopeful that his star point guard will return to the court during the season's second half.
"Nothing has really changed in our minds," Paxson told the "Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" on WMVP-AM 1000. "There's a reason we didn't put a date on it or even attempt to from the beginning, because you just never know with an injury and how a guy is going to come back.
"The timetable is Derrick's. When he feels he's physically at the point where he can play and, even more importantly, when he's mentally at the place where he can play, then he'll play. We have to trust that."
Rose told USA Today in an interview published Tuesday that he wasn't coming back "until I'm 110 percent" and that it could be "within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day."
Asked his reaction to the Rose interview, Paxson said, "We've tried to shield Derrick from the media and everyday questions more than anything because we didn't want to be giving daily or weekly updates on this thing. ... We understand this opens something up but it doesn't change anything with what we're doing and how we're going to go about this."
Bulls' Paxson takes Rose remarks in stride
Chicago Tribune | Feb 14