Derrick Rose: Chicago Bulls Guard Close to On-Court Return

August 23, 2012 – 10:45 pm by Ryan Phillips

Derrick Rose’s recovery from a torn ACL has going surprisingly well, and he is close to stepping back on a basketball court for the first time since being injured.

Sam Amick of SI.com is all over this story and he reports that the Chicago Bulls star is recovering at a rapid rate. He is two to three weeks ahead of schedule, but Rose should still be rehabbing through February’s All-Star break. Still, the fact that he’s about to actually get back on a court should be encouraging to Bulls fans.

Amick claims that a source close to Rose says he’s coming along well and has been rehabbing five days a week in Los Angeles. In the process, his upper body has gotten stronger than ever before, while he is slowing bringing his lower body along. Rose had surgery on May 12, and has not done any work on the court since.

If Rose progresses with his lower body workouts they could strengthen the area around his left knee to the point that it would help prevent a recurrence of the injury in the future. The biggest positive from this (according to Amick) is that the 2011 NBA MVP is finally doing the kind of strength work he may not have ever done without getting hurt. It will make him more durable and a better all-around player.

If the Bulls absolutely tank this season and are barely in the playoff hunt, don’t be surprised if they shelve Rose for the entire season. He is the franchise in Chicago, and the team’s future. There is no sense trotting him out there if he’s not yet 100 percent.

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