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Derrick Rose: ‘I think I am 100 percent’

Sep 14, 2013, 11:00 AM EDT

It’s the answer we should expect from Derrick Rose by now, almost 17 months after he suffered a torn ACL injury that kept him out of action for all of last season.

But it’s still great to hear him actually say it.

Rose, speaking while on a promotional tour overseas for adidas, says he’s feeling fully recovered now, and is at the point where he’s confident doing the things on the court that make him such a special talent.

“I think I am 100 percent,” Rose said, via CSN Chicago. “I’m doing almost everything. I’m squatting, running, lifting almost every other day, just being back on the court after you have an ACL injury, you’re kind of hesitant at first about how you step, what way you should step, learning how to run, accelerate, accelerate while you run and while you’re slowing down. For me, I’m reacting right now where I don’t have to think about anything. If I want to get to a spot, I’m going to get there no matter what. It kind of feels good having that feeling again.”

We should see Rose in action for the Bulls less than a month from now, when Chicago opens its preseason schedule against the Pacers in Indiana on October 5.

  1. fnc111 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:21 AM

    Rose is weak

    • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Says the dude sitting at home in his lazy boy with his smart phone in one hand and a crispy cream in the other.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:06 PM

        crispy cream? I went to school in Winston-Salem, so I know NC is a backwards place (especially lately), but everyone knows its spelled Krispy Kreme.

    • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:54 PM

      Well, considering I don’t eat that crap, I wouldn’t know how it’s spelled. Obviously, you’re a fan of Crispy Creams, sir.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:25 PM

        oh it’s crap, certainly. I’ve eaten a HotFreshNow dozen in my day, though. I do, however, pride myself on not being ignorant.

  2. tampajoey - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:31 AM

    “I think I am 100 percent”… Rose continued with… “But I’m going to sit out this season too just to be sure”

    • money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:23 PM

      nah , rose’s health increased by 1% every bulls game he missed.

  3. crnvic847 - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:48 AM

    Your mother is weak.

  4. micknangold - Sep 14, 2013 at 11:58 AM

    I can see why he’d have trouble accelerating while slowing down.

  5. deavn - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:01 PM

    The only thing that will convince me that Derrick Rose is 100 percent is him playing in the regular season putting up at least 25 points a game. Until then, I don’t care.

  6. chiadam - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:20 PM

    He’ll soon tell us all that he can’t do a 720 dunk from the FT line and will sit out another year just to be sure.

  7. larry1957 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:24 PM

    “I think I’m recovered from my mild stroke 2 years ago. NOT! BS Derrick, either you are 100% or 90%, or 82.5%. Make up your freaking mind, get on the court, grab the dang ball and start playing. I hope you start the 2013 season, HEALTHY.

  8. jhuck92 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:31 PM

    That’s bad news for the rest of the league

    • money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      westbrook’s reign as the toughest to stop going to the rack with athleticism is over.

      • money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:29 PM

        before people yell LEBRON , strictly point guards was my basis.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:20 PM

        He’s clearly inferior to westbrook and rose, but I like watching JJ Barea wiggle his way into the paint for a layup. He gives me the illogical impression that I could play in the NBA.

      • money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:37 PM

        i said WITH athleticism.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:58 PM


        haha, yeah JJ doesn’t really bring that athleticism with his off balance scoop shots.

      • money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:24 PM

        haha not at all. but he has heart.

  9. rodge1 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    Rose is 100% afraid to play the Heat.

  10. jzone954 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:40 PM

    You’ll need to be to “think” you’ll get past Miami

    • money2long - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:36 PM

      u have the same demeanor wade and lebron had against the mavericks in game 2 of the finals a few seasons ago.

      we all remember how that game ended though …

  11. onbucky96 - Sep 14, 2013 at 12:52 PM

    Whoa there fella! Lets’s not get hasty. I’d hate for Rose to rush back before HE is ready.

  12. 00maltliquor - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    “I THINK I am 100%” and “I’m doing ALMOST everything” aren’t very reassuring.

    I can only imagine if he had Greg Oden, Brandon Roy, or Steph Curry’s issues. He probably would have retired already.

  13. reddolfan66 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:13 PM

    What a sissy!!

  14. kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:19 PM

    Rose is going to have a huge season. Book it!

  15. 12444uggg - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:24 PM

    As a Pacer fan, if he’s not totally sure where he is, I’m fine with that.

  16. philyeagles5 - Sep 14, 2013 at 1:55 PM

    He’s so scared he’s gonna get hurt again.

  17. themagicfanguy - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:02 PM


  18. noahbird - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:10 PM

    He needs to get away from his blind support group/relations/agent/whatever and find some personal motivation that toughens him mentally. I don’t care what the context is, but you can’t just “think” you’re 100%. He’s young and needs a new personal path to become an elite player.

  19. legend30 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:23 PM

    “Think?” Here we go again fellas. I got a feeling he’s going to become a jump shooter and will start avoiding attacking the basket. He’s still not 100% mentally. He needs to have the mindset of Adrian Peterson and Kobe.

  20. mrlitl - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:37 PM


    Actually u can accelerate while slowing down. Acceleration is a change in velocity. Slowing down is acceleration in the negative direction. #physicsteacher

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:47 PM


    • zoomy123 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:48 PM

      While this is true, this is probably not what Rose meant, lol. I very seriously doubt he was thinking about physics and vectors when he said that.

      • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:08 PM

        the guy’s SAT score jumped around 400 points in 2 weeks. He’s a Jenius!!!!

  21. nflcinbengals - Sep 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    My favorite player on my favorite team, good luck Mr. Rose, can’t wait to see you back!!

  22. sweetnlow44 - Sep 14, 2013 at 3:06 PM

    Kobe’s so proud of you, Derick!

  23. abxyer - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    This guy is not going to trust that knee and wind up hurting something else. He seems too unsure of himself.
    If he THINKS he is at 100%….then he is NOT at 100%.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:10 PM

      he’s more likely going to struggle for a couple weeks because he hasn’t played NBA basketball in over a year, get over that apprehension, and play very well.

  24. antistratfordian - Sep 14, 2013 at 4:28 PM

    “Nobody knows but God.”

    • jimeejohnson - Sep 14, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      And my broker.

  25. stayhigh_247 - Sep 14, 2013 at 5:51 PM

    its amazing how one idiot spews some hate then every other wannabe idiot jumps on the bandwagon. Rose is one of the top 5 players in this league and for all you haters, don’t think he isn’t listening. Dude is gonna come back with a huge chip on his shoulders and silence all you clowns with amnesia.

    • adamsjohn714 - Sep 14, 2013 at 6:12 PM

      #1 confusing. #2 Chip on a shoulder. just one shoulder. Singular. #3 he’s not one of the top 5 players in the league. He’s just a very good PG.

      • kb2408 - Sep 14, 2013 at 7:59 PM

        “He’s not one of the top five players in the league.”? Really? Someone’s been washing his crispy creams down with a tall glass of milk (and brandy).

      • lazerrickaustin - Sep 14, 2013 at 8:28 PM

        what games do you be watching son?

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