Derrick Rose said he doesn't know if he'll play again this season. He's waiting until he feels normal. He says he can do everything on the court, and it's just about feeling normal. He has no cut off date on after which it wouldn't be worth returning to the court.
It's good to see Derrick talking to the local media again. I think his story is spread much more clearly through the local reporters than it has been through the back channels and national media. Besides the top quotes listed above in Rose gave the most accurate description of his status, perhaps the most telling part of the interview was when K.C. Johnson asked him about a possible rift between Derrick and the organization.
Derrick laughed it off in a way that felt totally genuine. No offense to Rose, but he's not always the best actor in front of the camera, so to see his reaction seem so relaxed and self assured lent plenty of believability to the comments. He also noted that he would always have his brother's back, but Reggie was just giving his opinion, an opinion he doesn't share.
While I think there's still a little more fire to the story than Derrick would say (his tweets about his family having his back right before the Bulls leaked a report about his medical clearance), he definitely didn't come of as a player that has an axe to grind with the organization. As I noted in my last article, I think at this point everyone is probably starting to get anxious for Derrick to be back.
It seems clear from Rose's comments, and the organizations as well, that one of the reasons Rose hasn't returned yet is that everyone is waiting for him to be 100% Derrick Rose before hitting the court. Management recently noted that they weren't going to put a minute limit on Derrick when he returns because he won't need one when he's ready.
Derrick noted in this interview that he's not going to come back until he can do everything normal and play like he always has played.
Iman Shumpert and Ricky Rubio returned in less time, but both returned to struggle significantly at the start of the season. Rose looks like he wants to go from zero to 100 without going through the process of struggling. Whether that's the right path or not is certainly up for debate. We'll just have to hope Derrick gets his full confidence soon.