Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has revealed that he is feeling no pain in his knee as he looks ahead to returning to contact practice next week.
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Rose underwent a meniscectomy on February 27 after suffering a third knee injury in three years, but this time round he had part of his meniscus removed which promised a quicker rehabilitation process.
While the Bulls front office suggested that he would be out for between four and six weeks, Rose remains optimistic that he can make a return before the end of the regular season.
“That would be the plan, but who knows?” Rose said before Wednesday morning’s shootaround, according to ESPN.
“Whenever I’m ready to come back, that’s when I’m going to come back.”
The 26-year-old insists that he feels no pain in his knee and is expected to return to taking contact in practice this week or next.
However, he remains non-committal on a return date and reiterated that he will make his comeback when he feels he’s ready to do so and that he is confident that he can work his way back in immediately.
Coach Tom Thibodeau added that he was pleased with the progress that his point guard is making, and it is reassuring to hear such confidence after Rose’s woes with injuries over the past three years which have required surgery on his knees on each occasion.
“I’m feeling good,” Rose said. “I’m trying to do all the right things, put all the positives in the bag and just try to go with it. It’s something that I’ve been doing for a long time with rehab. It’s a grind — definitely a grind — but I’m getting used to it.”
The Bulls have just 10 regular-season games remaining on their schedule, but Rose insisted that his professional approach will help him regardless of when he comes back as he looks to have an impact in the post-season.