Derrick Rose (finally) speaks

On April 28, Derrick Rose tore the ACL in his left knee during Game 1 of the Bulls’ first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers.

On May 12, he had surgery to repair the damage to that knee.

Since then, there have been status updates from Bulls team physician Dr. Brian Cole (who performed the surgery) and Derrick’s brother Reggie (who acts as Rose’s business manager)…

…and nothing but silence from the man himself.

His silence officially ended when Derrick released the following video:

The transcript:

“Thank you for all your support, your prayers, cards, messages, emails, just checking up on me. I know I haven’t been out there but I appreciate everything. I appreciate you all who have been watching this video. I just been having therapy, going to therapy every day.

“Hopefully, you all will see me back out there. My biggest concern is don’t worry about me. I know I’m going to be all right. I know that I’m healthy. I know that I’m positive. I believe in God. So I should be back on the court soon. I hope that you support not only me but the Bulls.”

It’s good to see and hear from Rose. And, frankly, it’s not too surprising that it took so long. After all, Rose is by all accounts dedicated and highly sensitive to his responsibilities as team leader and the face of the franchise. Whenever the Bulls fail, Rose personally takes blame for everything.

The situation has to be painful. The Bulls had a real chance at winning a title last season, but that chance was shattered when Rose went down. And the team that won the most regular season games the last two years is being quietly disassembled (the Bench Mob is anyway) in large part because Rose will miss most of this season and probably won’t be fully recovered until the season after that. So management is saving money and preparing for a reload down the road.

So it’s no wonder the young man has been keeping to himself.

Let’s hope this video means that he’s on the mend both physically and emotionally.

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