Derrick Rose played his first NBA game in 525 days on Saturday, scoring 13 points in the Bulls' 82-76 victory against the Pacers in a preseason opener in Indianapolis.
In his first appearance since tearing his left ACL against the 76ers in a playoff game on April 28, 2012, the 2010-11 MVP shot 5-of-12 from the field and finished with three assists, two rebounds, two steals and four turnovers in 20 minutes. He came out for good with 7:07 left in the third quarter.
"You see how he makes the game easier for everybody and the speed at which he plays," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said, according to the Chicago Tribune. "Overall, I thought he played very, very well — the speed, the quickness, the power. That's what makes him so special and unique. There's no one like him."
Rose was pleased with his conditioning.
"I was able to push the ball the way that I wanted to, put pressure on the defense," Rose said. "It kind of surprised me that I didn't get winded the whole time I was out there. So I guess I'm steadily building it along the way.'' Chicago plays its next exhibition game against Memphis on Monday. The Bulls open the regular season in Miami on Oct. 29.