Derrick Rose Says He Won’t Return Until He’s 100%

By Staff  |  02/12/2013

Derrick Rose

Chicago Bulls fans have been eagerly anticipating the return of Derrick Rose, ever since he went down with an ACL injury during the 2012 NBA Playoffs.

While he was expected to miss several games this season, the timeline for his return seems to near closer, especially with Adidas' campaign dubbed #TheReturn, which has documented his rehabilitation.

Sorry fans, it looks like you'll have to wait a little longer than expected.

Rose told USA Today this week he has no set date for return. Furthermore, he says he won't return until he's 100% ready.

"I don't have a set date," he told USA Today on Monday (February 11) in his first extensive interview since the 2012-13 NBA season began. "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.

"Right now, probably in the high 80s," Rose continued, referring to his progress. "Far away. Far away."

Last May, Rose went in for surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) in his left knee. He's been rehabbing ever since.

Despite his absence, his Chicago Bulls have had a decent season, led by his teammates Luol Deng, Carlos Boozer, and Joakim Noah. They currently sit in the #4 spot in the Eastern Conference with a 30-21 record.