Derrick Rose said earlier this week that he's "far away" from the "110 percent" health he's shooting for before he returns to the court for the Chicago Bulls, and Wednesday night he reiterated that point, admitting that he still is unable to dunk a basketball, ESPN Chicago's Nick Friedell reports.
Rose said he's been participating in 3-on-3 drills and one-on-one games at practice, and the plan, according to general manager Gar Forman, is for him to start participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages after the All-Star break. He said he's struggling to regain both physical and mental confidence, but also said "I'm feeling good." From Friedell's report:
Rose, who injured his knee in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs on April 28 and had surgery on May 12, admitted he is still struggling with gaining his explosion back. The next step?
"Being able to dunk," he said. "I can't dunk, man. I know if I can dunk off stride, I know I'll be out there playing, but I can't."
Still, Rose's spirits appear high. He has accompanied the Bulls on the road since the first of the year and is enjoying being with his teammates.
Rose created a stir for giving his first public comments since the season began to USA Today's Jeff Zillgitt, leading one local reporter to call him out for straying from his "Chicago guy" image. His Wednesday night press conference was likely to appease the Chicago media that's been clamoring to speak for him for months.
Rose said he would have no problem missing the rest of the season if he's not healthy enough, which stays true to the whispers that have been coming from Chicago claiming the Bulls may prefer he not risk it this year.