"It's going to be tough, I'll tell you that," Rose said. "I'm like an
old man. I gotta wait 20, 30 minutes into practice to get loosened up.
And it gets stiff when I stop playing."
Pressed on how many minutes he thought would be realistic, Rose backtracked a bit into vagueness.
"At least 20," he said. "I just want to play more. I don't care if it's
5 or 10. I just want to be out there. It's up to (the medical staff).
Right now, I'll play whatever minutes they want me to play."
Vinny goes on to call Rose's healing a process (Vinny, use the phrase process? No way!).
Well, I called my fear about Rose's ankle irrational when it happened, but it certainly looks like there's more to worry about than we thought. It doesn't seem like a mountain at this point, after all, Rose is practicing and will play.
However, it's a little scary that he's been out for almost four weeks and still isn't pain free. It makes you wonder when he'll be 100% and if playing will make it worse. If this becomes a season lingering injury (yes, uncalled for extrapolation) then it could spell disaster.
Still, for the moment, it's best to treat it for what it is. An injury that isn't severe enough to keep him off the court. Let's just cross our fingers and toes on this one just in case.