Derrick Rose injury: Bulls star says he will be ready for 2013-14 season

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Bulls star Derrick Rose says that he will be ready to go for the start of next season. Chicago's preseason opener is Oct. 12 in Rio de Janeiro.

Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says that he's 100 percent and will be ready to go for the start of the 2013-14 NBA season, according to HoopsHype. Rose revealed this news while speaking at an Adidas event in Madrid.

Rose has been rehabbing a torn ACL for over 14 months after suffering the injury in April 2012. Many expected Rose to return at the end of the 2012-13 season, but the point guard wasn't ready and had to sit out the entire season. Many fans and some media members felt he was slow-walking the process, but the Bulls publicly supported him throughout the entire ordeal.

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said in June that Rose was looking more like his old self, and the 2011 MVP's comments seem to confirm that. The return of Rose to the Bulls' lineup should make them an instant contender in the Eastern Conference and a prime candidate to dethrone the Miami Heat.

Chicago's preseason opener and Rose's likely return date is Oct. 12 in Rio de Janeiro against the Washington Wizards.

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