It's not looking good for Chicago Bulls fans and fantasy owners of the star point guard Derrick Rose. Rose said Monday that he's "far away" from returning from ACL surgery and that he wouldn't think of returning until he's 110 percent.
Rose has been out the entire season and fans were hoping for his return later this spring, just in time for the playoffs. Although the former MVP has been practicing with full contact, his statements with USA TODAY Sports vowed caution.
"I don't have a set date... I'm not coming back until I'm 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready," Rose told USA TODAY Sports.
When asked how close he is to that 110 percent, Rose also commented that he's "in the high 80s".
Here's the rest of the report from ESPN.com:
One source told ESPNChicago.com's Scott Powers that the chances of Rose playing this season are "50-50."
"You're not jeopardizing winning a championship, but you're jeopardizing Derrick's career if he plays and gets hurt again," the source said. "A lot of people are seeing him doing 1-on-1 or 2-on-2, but he's not ready. He's not 100 percent yet.
"Derrick has to feel comfortable. That's the key. He has to feel comfortable. There's no way in hell he's going to feel pressure. There's too much at stake. He has signed all these deals."
Bulls management has been steadfast in maintaining that Rose won't be allowed to return until doctors ensure he won't face any more of a risk than any other player. Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said he doesn't want to take the same risk he did with Michael Jordan, who broke a bone in his foot in his second season. Jordan returned without any further complications, but Reinsdorf said he won't take that risk with Rose.
The Bulls have exceeded some expectations without Rose and entered play Tuesday fourth in the East and a half-game behind Indiana for the Central Division lead.
Rose tore his left ACL on April 28 in the first game of the Bulls' opening-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers who went on to upset top-seeded Chicago in six games. Rose underwent surgery on May 12, and the prognosis was for eight to 12 months of rehabilitation.
It's safe to say that if you're a Rose owner, you can drop him. He's not worth eating up a bench spot when you can have an additional player that will help you make the playoffs and possibly win your league.
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