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While Derrick Rose finally decided to share his thoughts this week, a progress report on another recovering NBA player is worth checking out.
The New York Times printed a story Tuesday titled, "The Knicks are waiting for Shumpert to be himself." It's about Iman Shumpert, the Oak Park native who suffered the same injury on the same day as Rose -- April 28, 2012.
Shumpert went down with a torn ACL in a playoff game against Miami. He returned to game action on Jan. 17 when the Knicks played in London. That's less than nine months after the injury occurred.
As it turns out, Shumpert is struggling to find his old form. He left college at Georgia Tech with phenomenal athleticism and quickly turned into a reliable NBA defender.
Derrick Rose spoke to reporters in Boston following the Bulls’ 71-69 loss to the Celtics.
His theme wasn’t much different than what he told USA Today in a solo interview earlier this week: He wants to be back soon, but won’t play until he feels right. One issue still lingers.
“Being able to dunk,” Rose said, according to espn.com. “I can't dunk, man. I know if I can dunk off stride, I know I'll be out there playing, but I can't.
"Right now, I'm feeling pretty good, where (I'm) slowly getting back in the mix. The other day we played the 3-on-3, 1-on-1, and I felt good out there. I'm not trying to rush myself, just still trying to be patient and just trying to take my rehab very serious right now.”
The second part of Derrick Rose's interview with USA Today mentions a topic he's never spoken about.
No, not his return date. His father, who's identity is not widely known.
Rose himself became a father last Oct. 9 to Derrick Rose Jr., also known as P.J., for "Pooh Junior."
"If I just do everything the opposite of what my dad did, I think that will make things pretty easy," Rose said of fatherhood. "I can joke about it now because I'm past that stage where it used to hurt. By having a kid, it's gone."