Explosive star looked pensive but optimistic about future.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has spoken to the media for the first time since suffering his knee injury and insisted he is still a “special player”.
The 25-year-old sustained a torn meniscus in his right knee on November 22 against the Portland Trail Blazers, and has been ruled out for the rest of the season by the front office.
Having spent the entire year last season on the sidelines as he recovered from a torn ACL in his left knee, Rose has been left devastated by the latest setback.
Nevertheless, he appeared in defiant mood on Thursday as he addressed the media for the first time since suffering the injury,and insisted that he is confident he can return the same player.
“You can be a fool if you want to. Dead serious,” he responded when asked if he could still be a franchise cornerstone.
“I know I’m going to be all right. I believe that I’m a special player.”
Rose revealed that he hadn’t even entertained the idea of not having the same core group of players remain at the franchise after this year, with speculation suggesting that general manager Gar Forman may look to make changes moving forward.
Furthermore, many media outlets have also picked up on fact that Rose admitted that he hasn’t give up hope of featuring in the post-season, but accepted that it may not be possible depending on the condition of his knee and the team.
Nevertheless, the former MVP is expected to make a quicker recovery from this injury as opposed to the ACL tear, and will support his team-mates from the bench during the course of the season.