Former MVP returned to action against Pacers on Saturday.
Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has revealed that he has felt no ill-effects after making his comeback from injury on Saturday night.
The 25-year-old scored 13 points in 20 minutes against the Indiana Pacers, but after making his first competitive appearance in over 17 months, many were keen to know whether or not he would suffer any soreness.
The positive news is that Rose has no complaints and was pleased to have finally got minutes on the court as he builds up his fitness and attempts to overcome the rustiness ahead of the new season.
“It feels great,” Rose said on Sunday according to ESPN. “I’m not sore or anything. My leg’s good. Just trying to stay focused and trying to take it one day at a time.”
“No soreness at all. After the game it felt like I hadn’t even played so I guess that’s a good sign,” he added.
Coach Tom Thibodeau was delighted with what he saw from his star point guard, as Rose demonstrated the kind of speed and aggressiveness he displayed prior to the injury and took contact from the likes of Roy Hibbert en route to getting to the basket.
However, Thibodeau was also keen to stress that it will be a step-by-step process and that the Bulls will continue to manage his minutes as they get closer to the season.
Rose also admitted that he has paid little attention to what has been said about him during his recovery process, going as far as changing his number with friends and family staying close to him throughout.