Chicago Bulls head coach Fred Hoiberg says the team will wait to see how point guard Derrick Rose is feeling Friday before making a final decision on his availability for that day’s preseason game, reports Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago.
Swelling on Rose’s eye has subsided after undergoing surgery to repair his left eye socket in early October. He told reporters that he was still having some double vision on the court, but would play a few minutes if his status improves on Friday.
Hoiberg and the Bulls medical staff want to ensure that Rose has no problems with his vision before deciding whether he should play.
Various knee issues have prevented the 2011 NBA MVP from playing more than 51 games in a season since 2010–11. After missing the entire 2012–13 season and playing just 10 games in 2013–14, Rose played 51 games for the Bulls last year and averaged 17.6 points and 4.9 assists per game.
The Bulls will play the Dallas Mavericks in their final preseason game of the season before opening their regular season on Tuesday against the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Rose sounds optimistic about playing tomorrow. Says team just wants him out there. Wants to see how he feels tomorrow morning.— Nick Friedell (@NickFriedell) October 22, 2015
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