Some 11 months after tearing his ACL, Derrick Rose has been cleared by doctors to return to action. But this seems more like a formality. Rose has probably been phycially ready to play for some time now. Mentally is a different story though.
But just because he has been cleared doesn’t mean he is going to jump right into this. He has been very cautious after all.
I’ve stated all along that I think he’ll return for the final 10 games of the regular season, which may make Chicago a tough out in the playoffs.
Derrick Rose’s doctor has cleared the Chicago Bulls’ star to play, a team source said, but his long-awaited return to the lineup won’t occur until he can confidently dunk off his left foot, Rose has told the team….
The team is not pressuring Rose, the source said, but the Bulls are confident he will return this season and are still hoping for a mid-March return, which would mark 10 months after his surgery….
The source said the team has been assured by Rose’s doctor that there is no more chance of the former MVP getting injured upon his return than anyone else and that the doctor told the Bulls that physically “he can play now.” Rose is now dealing with the psychological side of trusting his body.
H/T: ESPN Chicago