Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said he is hopeful about returning this season

By SI Wire
March 09, 2015

In his first public comments since having knee surgery last month, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose said on Monday he is hopeful about returning this season.

Rose underwent surgery on Feb. 27 to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee. At the time, Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Rose should be able to return in four to six weeks. Forman also said the 26-year-old guard would begin "aggressive" rehab the day after the minor surgery.

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"I think so, that's the plan," Rose said Monday when asked about returning this season, according to "Whenever I feel right, that's when I'm going to step back."

[] Rose was asked if he had the option of electing to sit out like he did during the Bulls' 2013 season to rehab his torn ACL. The Bulls lost their first-round series that season in five games to the Washington Wizards.

"Yeah, but the way that I'm feeling right now, it's a good chance that I'll come back," he told reporters.

He spent time shooting flat-footed jumpers on the United Center floor before the Bulls' 101-91 loss to the Grizzlies on Monday.

The three-time NBA All-Star and 2011 MVP last played Feb. 23 against the Milwaukee Bucks. The following night, his surgery was announced.

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In 46 games this season, Rose is averaging 18.4 points, 5 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game.

Rose missed the 2012-13 season after tearing the ACL in his left knee during the 2012 playoffs and played in only 10 games last season after initially tearing the meniscus in his right knee.

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