It’s been 17 months since the last time Derrick Rose played an NBA Game. LeBron was still the ringless King, and Dwight Howard was still an Orlando Magic.
So, when Rose does indeed take the court on opening night, it will be a different NBA, to say the least.
Nevertheless, here’s what he told CSN Chicago about his ACL recovery — if it is in fact still a recovery…
“I think I am a 100 percent,” Rose said. “I’m doing almost everything. I’m squatting, running, lifting almost every other day, just being back on the court after you have an ACL injury, you’re kind of hesitant at first about how you step, what way you should step, learning how to run, accelerate, accelerate while you run and while you’re slowing down. For me, I’m reacting right now where all I have to think about is if I have to get to a spot, I’m going to get there no matter what. It kind of feels good having that feeling again.”
But Rose has been “100 percent”. He said so himself. This is more of a “I’m still 100 percent” update by the former MVP. Still, it puts into account just how close the season is. This is really happening.
Training camps are somewhere around two weeks away. Rose’s debut probably happens in a preseason game against the Indiana Pacers on October 5. Although, most people will have their eyes on opening night, when he takes the floor against the defending champion Miami Heat on October 29.