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Doctor says Derrick Rose recovery “ahead of schedule”

Jun 21, 2012, 6:25 PM EDT

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If you could be sure about one thing with Derrick Rose’s knee surgery following his torn ACL in the first game of the playoffs it was this — he was going to attack rehab like he attacks the rim. Relentlessly.

So the news the doctor who did the surgery told ESPNChicago.com really shouldn’t come as a surprise.

“Derrick is ahead of schedule,” (Dr. Brian) Cole said in a phone conversation Wednesday night. “This was part of the plan established before surgery. (Rose’s meeting in Alabama with Dr. James Andrews) was not a consultation with another physician, but rather it’s working with another therapist in collaboration with the Bulls’ training staff.”

Rose’s meeting with Andrews sparked speculation that he may have had a setback.

“Nothing could be further from the truth,” Cole said. “He’s ahead of schedule. [The rehab] is a way to keep things fresh for Derrick, to help give him some variety.”

Recovery from a torn ACL usually takes eight months to a year, which would have Rose back with the Bulls in December at the earliest.

Rose is the kind of competitor who would push to be back for as many regular season games as he could. If anything the Bulls need to slow him down a little, make sure he is fully recovered before attempting a comeback. They can’t risk him compensating and suffering another injury because he came back too early. He’s young and the focus needs to be his long career and not a regular season game in January.

  1. 808raiderinparadise - Jun 21, 2012 at 7:13 PM

    *Actually: Behind Schedule,

    Rose was suppossed to dismantle the Heat in the East last year and this year?

    Lets be real his injuries are mulitple and costing his team, windows close fast in the NBA, especially with the Heat in the East.

    • isd87 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:56 AM

      The Heat who are older than the Bulls.

      • 808raiderinparadise - Jun 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

        TO ALL … what I am saying is, Rose aint the star everyone makes him out to be. The HEAT will win 4-5 titles over the next 7 years.

        Calling it now … Ray Allen sees the looks Miller & Battier get …. he can sit on the 3 point line for open 3’s in MIA next year.

  2. isujames - Jun 21, 2012 at 9:43 PM

    Last year they got smashed by the Heat with a heallthy D. rose.

    • solomon151 - Jun 22, 2012 at 9:05 AM

      We didnt get smashed by the Heat, They won the series, Thats it. The Bulls was a much better team this year than we was last year. It would have been tough for the Heat to get past us. So, keep sipping your Kool-Aid Bandwagoner

  3. 91devinhester23 - Jun 21, 2012 at 11:00 PM

    and the heat bandwagon pours on in

    hopefully d rose gets shut down next year and we get a nice draft pick. no point clutching at straws when what you need to do is build for the future.

    • heat256 - Jun 22, 2012 at 1:04 PM

      So you advocate tanking for a pick? Sad. That team will be broken up sooner than later. Bye Bye Deng and Noah. Unfortunately you are stuck with The Boozer Cruiser. Good luck with that.

      • isd87 - Jun 22, 2012 at 5:13 PM

        Bulls fans who advocate tanking don’t know how good the Bulls were this year, same with arrogant Heat fans.

  4. isd87 - Jun 22, 2012 at 2:55 AM

    I blame Dr. Brian Cole for putting it into everybody’s head that it takes a year to return after ACL surgery…who was the last athlete who tore his ACL and was then out an entire calender year? Was that in the 90’s the 80’s?

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