Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose looked like he was close to being ready to return from a torn ACL that has kept him out all season, reports ESPN's Chris Broussard on Twitter.
Eyewitness at D Rose's first 5-on-5 practice Monday said Rose looks "ready to go." Said Rose looks like he's able to play in games.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) February 20, 2013
Rose suffered the injury to his left knee during the first round of last season's playoffs. The former MVP participated in a 5-on-5 practice for the first time Monday.
There was speculation last week that Rose's recovery could take much longer. The point guard told USA TODAY's Jeff Zillgitt that he would not return until he was "110 percent."
"I don't have a set date," Rose told Zillgitt. "I'm not coming back until I'm 110%. 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."
The 24-year-old Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game last season. The Bulls can afford to take their time with Rose. Chicago is 31-22 this year and has played well recently. The Bulls currently sit one game back of the Pacers for the Central Division lead.