Nine months after surgery to repair a torn ACL, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose still can’t dunk a basketball and is unsure of his return date:
“I really don’t know,” he said. “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.”
Rose’s told USA Today Sports on Monday afternoon that he was still “far away” from returning and wouldn’t come back until he was “110 percent.” Rose did acknowledge late Wednesday night the decision to play is his and he would listen to his inner circle of trusted associates and Bulls’ personnel.
Rose, who injured his knee in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs on April 28 and had surgery on May 12, admitted he is still struggling with gaining his explosion back. The next step?
“Being able to dunk,” he said. “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.”
Celtics fans who think Rajon Rondo is going to bounce back onto the court in 6 months need to read this story.
Yes, I understand every injury is different and everyone’s body heals differently, but these injuries are no joke.