Rose reveals it was front office decision to sit him out.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has insisted that his knee is fine after he was rested due to soreness for Saturday’s pre-season game in Brazil.
The 25-year-old is continuing his comeback from a torn ACL he suffered back in 2012 and appeared in the first two pre-season games playing around 20 minutes in each.
While Rose is still looking to overcome the initial rustiness and get back his rhythm, there was concern after it was confirmed that he would sit out the meeting with the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
However, he has dismissed reports that there have been issues with his knee and that while he is happy with how it has recovered from the soreness, he was advised to rest.
“My knee was good,” Rose said according to ESPN.
“I never was worried about it. I could have played but the front office made a decision to sit me out. My health is the number one [concern].”
Coach Tom Thibodeau is also pleased with Rose’s progress, and also predicted that center Joakim Noah would return to action on Wednesday after sitting out so far with a groin problem.
Thibodeau explained to reporters that it is natural and expected that his star point guard would feel soreness in his knee, but doesn’t anticipate any long-term problems moving forward and felt it was the right thing to do to give him some rest.
Meanwhile, Rose acknowledged that while it does sometimes get irritating with people constantly asking about the state of his knee, he is happy with his progression this summer and can’t wait for the new season to start.