Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose still isn’t sure when he’ll come back from his knee injury. The former MVP point guard sounded like a player who just might miss the entire season, though he said he hasn’t experienced any setbacks in his recovery.
He said Thursday that he’s still experiencing some soreness in his surgically repaired left knee and hasn’t set a target date for his return.
“It could be tomorrow and I feel like I can play the next game,” Rose said as the Bulls practiced before Thursday night’s game against Portland. “Nobody knows but God.”
Rose hasn’t played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year’s playoff opener against Philadelphia, an injury that sent the top-seeded Bulls toward a first-round exit.
He had surgery in May, and his status has been a running soap opera surrounding this team.
ESPNChicago.com reported two weeks ago that Rose had been medically cleared to play but told the team he won’t until he can dunk with confidence off his left foot. All that fueled the idea that the team and its star were not on the same page, although Rose has said there is no rift.
Rose, 24, said he’s stronger from lifting weights and working out, and believes he will return “a better player.”
Around the league
The Denver Nuggets were to be without forward Wilson Chandler and probably point guard Ty Lawson for their game against the Philadelphia 76ers when Denver was going for its 14th straight victory. Chandler and Lawson were injured in the Nuggets’ 114-104 win at Oklahoma City on Tuesday. Chandler separated his left shoulder and Lawson bruised his right heel. … The Charlotte Bobcats announced that center Brendan Haywood will miss the rest of the season after being diagnosed with a stress reaction in his left foot. The 7-foot Haywood missed three of the last four games. … Houston rookie Royce White said on Twitter that he’s returning to Houston at the advice of a team doctor, and his time with the Rockets’ developmental league team in the Rio Grande Valley may be over. A spokesman for the Rockets says White, whose acknowledged anxiety disorder has kept him from playing for Houston this season, is still on the Rio Grande Valley Vipers roster.