Point guard will feature in pre-season clash on Saturday.
Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose is ready to return to the court on Saturday night as he takes part in the pre-season clash against the Indiana Pacers.
Having turned 25 on Friday, the Bulls point guard will return to the court for the first time in almost 18 months after suffering a torn ACL back in the playoffs of the 2012 season.
While it is only a pre-season game on Saturday, the level of excitement and anticipation is growing as one of the NBA’s biggest stars prepares to make his comeback on the court.
“It’s going to be exciting, man, but at the same time, just take it as a regular game and try and go out there and win,” said Rose as reported by ESPN.
“But for us, it’s our time to tune things up, get our offense going, moving the ball, and defensively I think we’re great.”
Having sat out the entire season last year, it will undoubtedly take time for the Bulls offense to build chemistry, but coach Tom Thibodeau will be delighted to have his star player back in action.
The Bulls were able to make the second round of the playoffs in the Eastern Conference last season, but with Rose returning they are expected to progress further this year having kept together their core players such as Joakim Noah and Luol Deng.
While Rose received criticism for sitting out last season, he has insisted that he will go out and play his normal game on Saturday which is bound to thrill his supporters.
“I’m just going to play the same way that I normally do. There’s no point in holding back. I think that we go as I go, and me being aggressive gets people open and that’s how I’m going to play,” he added.
Thibodeau is expected to rotate his roster to hand each player around 12-24 minutes of action, and will be keen to see how Rose re-integrates himself into the line-up.