ESPN Chicago is reporting that Rose is doing full-contact, full speed drills in practice and is closing in on a return to games, probably right after the upcoming All-Star break. It appears that all Rose needs to do now is get in game condition, prepping himself for the rigors of the NBA game.
But what can Bulls fans expect from Rose when he returns and what should they be looking for once he gets back on the floor? I asked my advisors—a group of doctors, athletic trainers, physical therapists, and added in some people inside the NBA—to help me come up with a checklist to watch for when Rose hits the floor.
Here are the seven things you should be looking for when you next see Derrick Rose.
All quotes were obtained firsthand unless otherwise noted. None of the medical personnel could be quoted due to league regulations and because they did not treat Derrick Rose directly.
Will Carroll has been writing about sports injuries for 12 years. His work has appeared at SI.com, ESPN.com and Football Outsiders.