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Derrick Rose shooting, trying to jump “a little”

Sep 14, 2012, 10:24 AM EDT

Derrick Rose AP

It was almost a side note in the emotional press conference where Derrick Rose talked about the release of his new shoe and new logo — there was some talk about his rehabilitation from knee surgery as well.

And it’s coming along. Here are the quotes via the Chicago Tribune.

“Recovery has been good,” Rose said. “I’m rehabbing five times a week. On Tuesday and Thursday, we do lower and upper body and bike workouts. I’m starting to shoot now. I’m starting to jump a little a little while ago, like a couple days ago.

“I’m seeing improvement every week. My leg does get sore sometimes. But I’m able to fight through it. My trainers who are working on me are making sure I’m doing a great job telling them what’s going on so they can treat me right.”

Those are good signs. The Bulls continue to take a slow, somewhat conservative approach to bringing Rose along. Which is the right thing to do. He still likely is not back at all until the All-Star break, and even then it might be the 2013-14 season before we see the Rose we all remember.

And Bulls fans need to remember that is okay. It is about the long term, not some meaningless February NBA regular season game.

But he’s making progress. Which is good.

  1. eventhorizon04 - Sep 14, 2012 at 10:47 AM

    Despite the occasional headline of, “Rose ahead of schedule,” the fact that he only began jumping “a little bit” this week means he’s at least a few months away, since his game relies on explosiveness.

    Even without Rose for much of the regular season, it’s really hard to imagine the Bulls will end up any lower than a 7th seed due to how weak the East is.
    I personally think they’ll end up 6th, behind the 1-Heat, 2-Celtics, 3-Pacers, 4-Knicks, 5-Nets. The only other team I can think that MIGHT finish ahead of them is the 76’ers (though it’s a young team that has to adjust to having Bynum, and Bynum’s health is always a concern).

    If they had kept their old bench, I’d place them higher since we saw what they could do last year, but their entirely new bench (though talented) will require time to gel and get used to the Bulls’ defensive system plus, Deng is still dealing with that wrist injury.
    It’s a lot to ask a team with a new bench, injured superstar out till March, and injured #2 option to do any better than a 5 or 6-seed.

  2. glink123 - Sep 15, 2012 at 1:05 AM

    Adrian Petersen should give DRose hope. AP shredded all three ligaments eight months ago, and he’s playing NFL football like the injury never even happened.

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