Want to see a picture of D-Rose back in the gym?
Want to watch him rehabbing on video?
You can courtesy of his new Adidas commercial:
Want to read some comments from the man himself?
Here they are from a recent Comcast SportsNet Chicago interview (via ESPNChicago):
“I remember (the injury). I remember everything. I remember jumping in the air and coming back down, and just that popping sound. I felt it actually tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go.
“I didn’t have that that much pain after that. In the beginning I did, but I didn’t want to yell or anything. When that happened, all I could think about was people just talking. You could hear the whole arena, people just whispering all around — one of the things, like ‘Not again. Come on, man. First game back. We had the win’ — and I was just hoping [it was] nothing serious.
“Then we got to the hospital, got in the MRI machine, the whole time praying. Dr. Cole, the Bulls’ doctor, came up to me and told me it was torn. I couldn’t believe it. That’s the closest thing to death, the closest to death I’ve got to right there, where it just seemed like the wind and everything was taken out [of me].
“[I'm just] taking my time. I’m definitely two or three weeks ahead of where I’m supposed to be, but that still (doesn’t) help the part healing-wise. I’ve still got to take that time off for my leg to heal.
“Of course, strength-wise it’s getting better every day, but scar tissue still has to heal, getting used to me just laying on my knees. Knee’s still numb in some areas. Hopefully I’ll get over that, but the doctor says I’ll forget about it when the season goes on, so I should be all right.
“I’m good, man. I definitely haven’t been out like that, but I’m doing fine, just trying to stay positive, keep everything normal. The injury could have been way worse. You’ve got some people that probably feel worse than I am, but I know I’m going to be all right. I believe in God, my spirits are up and I believe in myself, and I know I’m going to be back even stronger.”
It’s great to hear that Derrick is two or three weeks ahead of schedule.
That said…remember that the healing process is expected to take eight to 12 months. Also keep in mind that team owner Jerry Reinsdorf has made it clear that the team will not bring Rose back without full medical clearance.
My point: Don’t expect an early return. Just be glad that Rose’s rehab is on track.