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"My Story Isn't Done Yet:" Derrick Rose Speaks

By Rob Winn in News on Dec 5, 2013 7:20PM

Derrick Rose met the media for the first time Thursday since he suffered yet another season-ending injury. He underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee last Monday and has been seen moving around on crutches ever since.

Speaking with the media Rose sounded as he usually does—downtrodden and bored. Here are some of the highlights (if you can call them that):

- He believes he’ll come back the same player. “If anything it’ll even me out”, referring to having suffered a season-ending injury in both knees.
- Like the rest of Chicago, he feared that it was another ACL tear, “I was just hoping it wasn’t an ACL.”
- He thinks the rehab process will be smoother because he can bend his leg already.
- He didn’t rule out playing in the playoffs, should the Bulls make it in. “If I’m healthy and the situation is right I’ll be back playing.”
- He was stunned when questioned about the thought that the Bulls should move on from him. “You can be a fool if you want to. Dead serious, I know I’ll be alright.”
- He’s picked up yoga…
- He still won’t pick up the phone to get more difference-making players on the Bulls, “I don’t think I’ll ever recruit.”

Rose spoke at length and repeated many of the things he said in the past. He’s confident that he’ll come back playing the way he always does, and reading between the lines, he doesn’t have any interest in changing the way he plays. That means the calls for him to take on the role of a traditional point guard will fall on deaf ears. Even though he left open the possibility of playing in the playoffs, the chances of that happening are about as good as the Bears winning the Super Bowl. So get ready for “The Return Part Deux.”