With the first round of the playoffs starting on Sunday for the Chicago Bulls, there are no wild rumors that point guard Derrick Rose will be returning for the playoffs like the rumors that surfaced last year.
When asked about whether or not Rose would return in the playoffs for the Bulls, Bulls general manager Gar Forman stuck to the company motto.
Our stance hasn’t changed at all,” Forman said.-Gar Forman, ESPN Chicago
The Bulls stance on Rose is that the point guard is out for the season when will not return until next fall. That has been the stance since Rose had surgery to repair his torn meniscus in his right knee in late November.
Speaking of the surgery, Forman acknowledged that Rose is making great progress in his recovery.
“He’s making great progress,” Forman said on ESPN Chicago 1000′s “GameNight.” “When he had the injury, we were very lucky that the meniscus could be repaired. He’ll come back and be 100 percent — there’s no question in any of our minds. But because it was able to be repaired, he’ll have great stability in that knee and it will take away the chances that it becomes arthritic towards the end of his career.”-Forman, ESPN Chicago
The Bulls front office has tuned out the idea that Rose will not be the same player that he once was. Forman believes the future is still bright for the 25-year old superstar.
“Let’s face it, he’s still only 25,” Forman said. “He’s still got 10, 12, 15 years ahead in his career, so everything went as we wanted it to and he continues to make great progress. There’s been no setbacks, and we see him returning at 100 percent.”-Forman, ESPN Chicago
The first sign of progress for Rose may come this summer with Team USA. Rose, if healthy, is expected to play with the Men’s National team in the World Cup of Basketball tournament that is taking place in Spain. The Bulls’ organization supports Rose and his efforts to play with the National team this summer. Though, considering Rose’s recent history with major injuries, there certainly is some degree of risk involved.