Derrick Rose says he wouldn’t mind missing this year

derrick-roseDerrick Rose’s rehab from ACL surgery seems to progressing relatively well. It was revealed in January that he was taking full contact in practice, but Rose himself has cautioned that he’s “far away” from returning.

In keeping with that train of thought, Rose told CSN Chicago that while he feels good, he wouldn’t mind missing the entire season if he’s not completely sure that he’s ready.

“I really don’t know,” Rose said when asked about his return to the court. “I’m feeling good, but like I said, if it’s where it’s taking a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I don’t mind missing this year.”

“Right now I’m feeling pretty good, man. I’m slowly getting back in the mix. The other day, we played a three-on-three, one-on-one and I felt good out there. I’m not trying to rush myself, just still trying to be patient and just trying to take my rehab very seriously right now,” he continued, surrounded by a small contingent of local reporters in the visiting locker room at TD BankNorth Garden. “It’s both [mental and physical] still. My leg still isn’t feeling right. Mentally, I think I’m fine. Every week, just try to do something different. Every day, stay on my rehab, do a little bit more, lift a little bit more, squat a little bit more and taking it very serious.

“I would love to [play this season]. That’s why I approach my rehab and workouts so hard. I’m trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it’s no point.”

All along we felt that if Derrick Rose wanted to play this season, the Bulls wouldn’t be able to keep him off the court. But now hearing that he’s okay with sitting out the entire season make us think that the likelihood is that we won’t see Rose suit up this season.

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