Derrick Rose has been down this dark road before, and it's probably one that he wishes he didn't have to travel again.
Nonetheless, there's a good chance that he learned enough in his first rehabilitation from a serious injury to make his second a bit more manageable.
Working in his favor is the fact that he already knows the mental hurdles are as high as the physical ones. Internal doubts make reaching benchmarks like running, jumping and "basketball activities" doubly hard. And that's to say nothing of the external pressures that come into play.
He's keenly aware of all of those things.
When a franchise, corporate sponsors and an entire metropolitan city are all clamoring for a hasty return, it becomes nearly impossible to stay patient.
He knows that, too.
Rose understands that nothing is going to be easy. And that, as much as anything, could make comeback No. 2 less difficult than his first attempt.