Derrick Rose has been cleared to play, but won't return for the Chicago Bulls until he feels confident dunking off his left leg, according to ESPN Chicago's Melissa Isaacson. In a season full of half-updates and non-updates surrounding the status of Chicago's homegrown superstar, this would appear to be rather substantial.

What's interesting is that the doctor clearing Rose is his own, not one working for the team. This has been a worry of mine for a while, that the organization would clear Rose and he would still choose to sit out. That scenario would have caused a sure-fire shitstorm between Rose sympathizers and a group I'm deeming "D. Rose Truthers" -- people who believe the Bulls star is healthy enough to play right now and that he would be back in the lineup if not for some sort of mysterious puppet-master (think: his family, adidas) pulling strings behind the scenes.