Rose keeps talking
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.”
Rose hasn't ruled out sitting out the rest of the season if he doesn’t reach his 110 percent goal.
"I'm feeling good, but like I said, if it's where it's taking me a long time and I'm still not feeling right, I don't mind missing this year,” he said. “I would love to (come back). That's why I approached my rehab and my workout so hard. I'm trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it's no point."