The 24-year-old Rose, a three-time NBA All-Star who became the youngest player ever to earn the Most Valuable Player award in 2011, suffered the severe injury on April 28 during Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
“An NBA source” wrongly claimed that “The Windy City” native, whose Adidas “The Return” ad campaign concluded last week, was slated to begin practicing with the Bulls prior to the end of December.
“That’s the belief that a couple of [the Bulls'] players are under,” the source said.
Dr. Brian Cole performed the surgery on Rose in May and the famed practitioner has long confirmed that the dynamic point guard is ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation process.
Although leading the bush league Eastern Conference Central Division with a mediocre record of 9-8, the Bulls can’t even compete with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets or Boston Celtics sans Rose.
Nevertheless, Rose, an otherworldly, and extremely likable, talent who was born and raised in one of Chicago’s most violent and dangerous neighborhoods in its Englewood area, should walk onto the hardwood by roughly the All-Star Game in mid-February.
Whenever the first pick of the 2008 NBA Draft ultimately resurfaces, the Bulls will immediately become legitimate contenders.
Considering some of the obstacles that Derrick Rose undoubtedly overcame in the gritty streets as a youth, the mending Bull should give Chicago fans “the belief that” anything can happen when the playoffs commence in April.by