Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose has returned to practice with the team after missing the start of the 2012-13 NBA season recovering from ACL surgery, according to Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com:
While there is no set timetable for Rose to resume playing, according to multiple sources, the 24-year-old point guard will be back on the court sometime after the NBA All-Star break...
...As far as what Rose has been doing in practice, it’s much of the same as what has been previously — walking through “dummy” offensive sets, shooting drills — but according to a person familiar with the proceedings, he’s also dunking the basketball occasionally, going full speed when it’s called for and participating in staples of Bulls practices, such as defensive slides and closeout drills.
Rose underwent surgery to repair the ACL tear in his left knee on May 12 after injuring himself in the waning minutes of the first game of the playoffs last season.
During the rehab process, Rose claimed he was working out six times a week and was dedicated to returning to the court as effective as he was before the injury, according to CSN Chicago.
The Bulls have played solidly to start the season (16-12, tied for first in Central Division), but there is no question the eventual return of Rose will be a huge help to a team looking for an on-court leader.
Chicago will slowly get Rose back into game shape, and then, once the doctors and team feel comfortable allowing the All-Star back into live-game action, it will be up to Rose to control how well his knee holds up.
Head coach Tom Thibodeau will likely limit his minutes to start, but it will be Rose’s responsibility to tell the team doctors exactly what he is feeling in his knee.
While swelling and soreness will be expected, the team must be wary of the star’s health through the remainder of the season.
Rose, 24, is a young player and must think about his future, no matter how much it hurts to have to let a huge chunk of the 2012-13 season pass.
The young star and the team must continue to take the slow approach here and not rush anything.
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