Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has revealed that he was suffering from blurred vision during the 97-95 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night, but insisted that his experience is helping him through the situation.
Rose scored 18 points in 32 minutes as he played a key role in the Bulls handing coach Fred Hoiberg a win on his debut on the bench.
However, much has been made of the former MVP’s health as he has suffered with various injuries in recent years that have stunted his progress and put the team at a disadvantage in their bid to win a championship.
Despite playing just over 10 minutes against the Dallas Mavericks in his only pre-season outing last week, his performance on Tuesday would have handed Hoiberg a boost, but Rose conceded that he is still struggling with the issue.
“I wish it was a blink, but it’s all the time,” he told reporters, according to ESPN. “Like right now, I see two of you.”
“When I’m out there playing, I’m only using one of my eyes. I close my left eye whenever I’m out there. So I just got used to it from practice.”
The 27-year-old showed what he can still offer despite the numerous setbacks as he attacked the basket with aggression and didn’t settle for mid-range shots.
Hoiberg has previously stated that that will be key to Chicago’s success this season, as not only will it give Rose more confidence, but it will play to their strengths with their ability to space the floor for him to then take advantage.
The Bulls will look to go 2-0 when they take on the Brooklyn Nets at the Barclays Center on Wednesday night.