Although still lacking a time frame, the star point guard could be "weeks away" from a return to the NBA hardwood (according to what an NBA source told Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times). And the impact of his impending return will stretch well beyond Chicago's city limits.
Rose is a gift to basketball fans around the globe. He plays the game with one goal in mind: putting his team in the best position to win. No matter the physical toll it takes on his body. Or the mental and emotional fatigue that comes with leading an NBA franchise.
Basketball means the world to Rose. It's not an avenue to fame or fortunes for the former Memphis star. Those are simply the game's recognition for his nightly contributions.
It's rare to find a player with his combination of skill and athleticism. It's nearly impossible to find a player who combines those talents with the desire to win at all costs.
All statistics used in this article are accurate as of 12/4/2012.