Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a recent interview that
"He says he's ready to go," Krzyzewski said. "I'm excited about having him. He's very excited about being here."
Training camp begins Monday in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which gets underway in August. Rose played in just 10 games before going down with yet another knee injury. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game in those 10 outings.
"(He's doing) all the noncontact stuff," coach Tom Thibodeau told the Daily Herald after practice. "He's moving along fine. He has picked it up a little bit. But there's still no contact. He's out for the year, but he's doing well."
Rose is four months into his recovery, but the team has maintained throughout the process that he is not expected to play at any point this season. He has been out since suffering the injury Nov. 22, and ended up playing just 10 games this season after sitting out all of 2012-13 with a different knee injury.
Rose isn't going to play again this season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus, but if the Bulls remain in the mix for a playoff spot as the postseason approaches, there will certainly be buzz on whether he'll return earlier than expected to try and lead his team to a title. The team figures to play it extremely cautious with their superstar as he recovers from a second major injury in two years.
In his first press conference since having surgery to repair a torn medial meniscus,
His rehab is expected to last at least six months, according to general manager Gar Forman. Forman initially told reporters that he's "really out" for the year regardless of how far the Bulls go in the postseason.
"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," Rose said. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing. But if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there's no need."
Rose also said he does not expect to change his game after suffering the second season-ending injury of his career. In fact, he believes he can come back and be at least the same player he was before the injury.
"You can be a fool if you want to," Rose said. "I know I'm going to be all right."
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