Derrick Rose sent a self portrait via Twitter on Tuesday. It was a photo of Rose getting ready to shoot a basketball inside the Berto Center with the caption, “Feels good to be back in the gym.”
The Bulls are about six weeks from the start of training camp and it will probably be around six months before they even think about getting Rose back from ACL surgery.
In the meantime, he spoke about the injury for the first time with CSN Chicago. The interview is billed as taking place last month in Los Angeles, where Rose usually conducts his summer workouts.
“I’m doing fine, just trying to stay positive, keep everything normal,” Rose said, according to csnchicago.com. “Coming out to L.A. and just seeing the scenery, just being out here makes me feel good; with my friends out here making me feel more like I’m at home.
“It’s been hard, definitely been hard. But I’ve been all right. The injury could have been way worse. You've got some people that probably feel worse than I am, but I know I'm going to be all right.”
Rose said he’s been doing rehab five days a week and suggested he’s two or three weeks ahead of schedule. Whether that makes a difference in his return to game action is anyone’s guess.
"It's definitely different, starting from the beginning all over again, but I look at it as a blessing. It could be worse. This injury could have stopped me from playing basketball. Thank God I'm still walking. Thank God I made it back as soon as possible.”
Asked how he spent his days rehabbing in Los Angeles, Rose answered, “(Stationary) bike, a whole bunch of just basic moves with bands around my knees, try to get my quads working, try to get my hamstrings together. I think all my other injuries have healed, so that's a good thing. I'm just worried about my knee right now.
“My lower body is huge. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, I lift lower and upper, so those days are kind of hard. It fatigues me a little bit, but everything else is good.”
Rose was injured with just over a minute remaining in the Bulls’ playoff opener against Philadelphia on April 29 at the United Center. He came to a jump stop near the lane and his left knee crumpled.
"I remember everything,” he said. “I remember jumping in the air and coming back down, and just that popping sound. I felt it actually tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go. I didn't have that that much pain after that.”
That is, until he heard the bad news from Bulls physician Dr. Brian Cole a short time later at the hospital.
“First game of the playoffs, tear my ACL,” he said. “I can't stay mad or irritated for months. I can't do that. It'll bring me down.”