Derrick Rose Has No Structural Damage To His Back
A back specialist confirmed MRI results that there is no structural damage to Derrick Rose’s back, according to ESPN.com.
"Derrick saw a specialist this morning," Bulls general manager Gar Forman said. "And it reconfirmed what we had thought previously and what the MRI had shown in that there is nothing structurally wrong with his back. It's muscular.
"So at this point, we will continue with what we're doing, which is we'll continue with his therapy, continue to get rest, and it will be day-to-day. Seeing how he responds to the therapy. And when we feel, he feels, that he's well enough to go back on the floor (he'll return)."
Rose underwent an MRI last week and has missed the last two games with back spasms, according to ESPN.com. The Bulls are hoping Rose can be playing by the All-Star game, which is scheduled for Feb. 26.
"We really haven't looked ahead that far," Forman said. "We're hopeful that with therapy and rest that he'll have the opportunity to get back sooner rather than later." This season, the reigning NBA MVP has averaged 22.0 points, 7.8 assists and 3.4 rebounds for the Bulls.