Good news, Chicago. Chicago Bulls point guard and former NBA Most Valuable Player, Derrick Rose, has been cleared by doctors to return to the league. Don’t get to excited yet, fans. It has been reported that Rose is still hesitant to return to the game and wants to be able to mentally trust his leg before he can go all out. Although being “cleared to play” is a lot different in Rose’s case, the explosive guard once to be just that upon returning to his hometown team.
Via ESPN Chicago:
Rose, who had surgery to repair a tear to the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee on May 12, has been videotaped dunking off each foot, but more casually than he would during a game. A source said that although he has been practicing and scrimmaging hard, he told the Bulls that until he feels “in his mind” he can confidently dunk off his left foot in a game situation, he is not 100 percent mentally ready to return to competition. The team is not pressuring Rose, the source said, but the Bulls are confident he will return this season and are still hoping for a mid-March return, which would mark 10 months after his surgery. The Bulls play at Golden State on March 15. The source said the team has been assured by Rose’s doctor that there is no more chance of the former MVP getting injured upon his return than anyone else and that the doctor told the Bulls that physically “he can play now.” Rose is now dealing with the psychological side of trusting his body.
Rose tore his ACL in late April of last year in the first game of the 2012 NBA playoffs. Now, it’s all on him to see when, and if, he will return this season with his Bulls firmly in the playoff hunt.