The photos and video clips from Derrick Rose's shoe promotional tour of Europe showed the light-hearted moments.

The reality, according to Rose's older brother and manager, Reggie, involved a bit more perspiration.

"He was getting up at 6:30 every morning and working out with (Bulls assistant strength and conditioning coach) Nick Papendieck," Reggie Rose said Monday. "He has a positive attitude. He's ready to go.

"Looking at his body, he's really strong. The only thing he has to work on is cardio and getting in game shape. But that will come (in training camp). I have no concerns about him physically."

The momentum continues to build for Rose's return next season after the former NBA most valuable player missed all of last season following knee surgery. Reggie, who is in Las Vegas watching his AAU team and catching the conclusion of the NBA Summer League, said the criticism his younger brother received for missing the season didn't surprise anybody in Rose's camp.

"I knew he was going to get that backlash," Reggie Rose said. "You got Chicago Bull fans who are going to cheer the team no matter what. Then you have Derrick Rose fans who only want to come to the game when Derrick plays. You'll get the backlash, but I feel once he gets back on the court, all that stuff will stop and they'll be cheering for him."

Reggie also insisted the criticism never bothered Derrick.

"Coming from Englewood, if someone says something negative about us or our family, it's like brushing crumbs off our shoulders," Reggie Rose said. "It's nothing to us. We made it through Englewood.

"Everybody is entitled to their opinion. That's all it was."

After the May 2012 surgery, team physician Brian Cole, who performed the surgery, talked about the therapeutic benefit to playing in games whenever Rose felt ready. Cole also emphasized it could take longer than the eight- to 12-month timeline the organization placed on Rose's return for him to regain his dynamic explosiveness.