Derrick Rose gets a little closer to his return every time he touches a basketball. Last night, before the Chicago Bulls were destroyed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, the former MVP showed Bulls fans that his injury is healing nicely as he threw down a dunk during a pre-game session.
Rose, who said earlier this month that he wasn’t going to return until he was 110%, took off with ease during a pre-game shoot around and dunked with two hands.
This, of course, doesn’t mean that Rose isn’t actually any closer to returning but it is an encouraging sign. Rose was cleared for full contact practice earlier this year and recently started participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages. Still, there is no timetable on Rose’s return.
Based on comments that the former MVP star made earlier this month, Rose may be back for the Bulls next game or he may not be back this year at all.
“I don’t have a set date … I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”
An unnamed Bulls player, however, said that Rose is “ready.” The player said that Rose’s body is ready to go but that the former MVP is hesitant about getting back on the court.
The player said: “Anyone who saw him in the [five-on-five] scrimmages [last week] knows he’s ready. But it’s his body, so he’s gotta believe it.”
Here’s the video of Derrick Rose dunking during the pre-game session.
Rose wasn’t the only one throwing down a few dunks this week. LeBron James put on an impromptu dunk contest for Miami Heat fans during the warm-up session last night.