Speaking 10 months to the day since doctors repaired the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, Derrick Rose still doesn't know if he will play this season.
And despite seemingly everyone having an opinion on his return, the Bulls' star remains unflustered, focusing on his continued physical improvement while admitting mental hurdles remain.
"I'm just coming back when I feel normal," Rose said before the Bulls' Tuesday practice at UCLA. "If that's in a couple of days, that's great. If it's not, I'm fine.
"I haven't had any pressure from the organization. No one has to push me to play. My teammates have been doing great, playing hard for me. They're out there fighting so that's a good sign. And we're winning games. So I'm not worried about anything right now."
Indeed, Rose brought up his newborn son twice in unsolicited fashion, smiled frequently and downplayed the hubbub over comments he made to ESPN sideline reporter Doris Burke on Sunday about his hamstring issues.
"They're just waking up," Rose said of his hamstrings. "They're getting a lot stronger. I haven't taken any steps back so that's a good thing. I can do everything (physically). It's just me having the confidence to do it and me feeling normal."
Bulls' Rose: 'I don't have a return date'
Chicago Tribune | Mar 13