Rehab Checklist for a Healthy Derrick Rose NBA Return This Season

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Rehab Checklist for a Healthy Derrick Rose NBA Return This Season
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Derrick Rose's road to recovery remains as long and winding as the one that led the Beatles to your door, though the Chicago Bulls don't figure to leave him waiting once he gets there.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau revealed on Monday that Rose, the 2010-11 NBA MVP, had recently begun cutting on his surgically-repaired left knee:

 

That expansion of activity represents a massive step forward in Rose' return from a torn left ACL, which he suffered during the first game of Chicago's first round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers in late April. As sports kinesiologist Zig Ziegler noted shortly after Rose's knee buckled, the injury itself was likely the end result of stresses imposed by other lower body ailments through which Rose had suffered during the 2011-12 season.

Despite the severity of Rose's initial diagnosis, Thibs and the Bulls remain confident that their superstar point guard will be back in action in some form or fashion this season. According to Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com, Rose may be reunited with the Bulls for their visit to the Staples Center to play the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, November 17th. Rose lives in nearby Santa Monica and has been conducting his rehab from there.

But D-Rose's cameo in the locker room and on the sideline would be little more than a tease for a team that desperately needs a playmaker of his caliber. Before that time comes, Rose will have to meet many a milestone, a couple of which he's already hit, albeit with many of the most important ones yet to come.

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