Cue eye rolling. We're all glad you could make it back for the first game just 18 months after an injury with an eight to 12 month recovery period.
"I should be able to play in the first game," Rose said. "I know I'm anxious right now to play. My health is everything right now, it's 100 percent. But right now, the first game... I definitely will be playing it."
"We will play in Rio de Janeiro in Brazil [October 12], the first NBA game ever in Rio, so that's going to be a big game not only for the Bulls but for the NBA. Just some minutes out there, see how it feels just to be back on the court and enjoy the experience."
My initial reaction to the question of a tinge of disgust sort of summarizes how opinions of Rose have changed for many fans. There's really no better way he could answer the question of when he'll play which people will still obviously ask, but it just brings up the memories that he didn't play at the end of last season.
He called it a decision where he had to be selfish, and well it sort of feels that way. Now all Bulls fans can do is hope that Rose was right as well as selfish. That his time off allows him to come back at 100%.
So what are he expectations for Rose next season?
Typically when a guy returns from an ACL you expect a slow ramp up of his ability. It takes awhile to get the athleticism to fully return, to get the timing, feel for the game, and everything else back to speed. It takes awhile to fully trust the leg and take the same risks you would earlier.
Two to three months is about how long I'd expect that to take.
In Rose's case? I expect a much shorter time cycle. His leg will have had more time to heal. He refused to come back because he still felt hesitation and lack of his full explosion. By Derrick's own words his decision was made at least in part as to not go through that cycle of being less than 100%.
I'm sure it will take him some time to work through the timing and intensity of a real NBA game, but Rose should be near 100% of whatever we see Rose at within a month or so. If not, then his sitting out was really not useful at all.