Rose sidelined with second serious knee injury in past three years.
The Chicago Bulls have revealed that star point guard Derrick Rose is progressing well in his rehabilitation and will return at 100 percent next season.
Rose was ruled out for the season after undergoing surgery to fix the meniscus tear in his right knee which he suffered back in November against the Portland Trail Blazers.
General manager Gar Forman again reiterated that Rose will not return this season for the playoffs despite his improvement, but he is confident that fans will see the explosive guard back at his best when he returns to the court next year.
“He’s making great progress,” Forman said on ESPN Chicago 1000’s “GameNight.”
“When he had the injury, we were very lucky that the meniscus could be repaired. He’ll come back and be 100 percent — there’s no question in any of our minds. But because it was able to be repaired, he’ll have great stability in that knee and it will take away the chances that it becomes arthritic towards the end of his career.”
The 25-year-old missed all of last season while recovering from a torn ACL in his left knee while he was only able to feature in 10 games this season, which raised questions over his long-term ambitions in the league.
However, Forman was keen to stress that he still has time on his side given his age and that considering he hasn’t suffered any setbacks in his rehabilitation over the past two years, he is confident that Rose will be able to return to his former level of performance.
Meanwhile, the Bulls are hopeful that Rose can feature in the World Cup for Team USA this summer, as it has been a catalyst in the past for him to produce his best basketball when returning to NBA action.