- Nick Friedell, ESPN Staff Writer
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CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose's latest knee injury hasn't changed the way he feels about recruiting players to come to Chicago.
"I don't think I'll ever recruit," he said during his Thursday press conference. "I think if you're a hooper and you know as a basketball player if you can play with someone, I don't think it's a problem with just coming to a team. I think we never had them problems with stopping anyone from coming. I think I'll never recruit. I'll play with anyone. I think I can play with anyone. But I'll never recruit."
Before last season, Rose said he called Kirk Hinrich to talk to him about coming back to Chicago, but the former MVP has said over and over that he won't go out of his way to bring players in to play with him.
As for a message he would like to deliver to his fans, Rose reiterated that his final story has yet to be written.
"That I'm not done," he said. "I know that [God] is preparing me for something bigger. Of course right now when you're living in the moment you just don't understand certain things. But I think if I were to look 10 years from now or so, just be in the future and looking back, I think this is going to be minor. It's something that just happened, and I'm never going to stop. I could tear or hurt myself 10 more times, I'm never going to stop, never."
Rose stayed mostly upbeat during his 20-minute session with reporters, showing no doubt that he will come back and be the player he used to be.
"It's kind of frustrating at first knowing that I'm going to miss a long period of time without playing the game that I love playing," he said. "It's tough right when it happened but me having these days just to think about it and just being appreciative of me going out there and showing glimpses of how I used to play, that's encouraging. And just knowing that I have a bright future, I'm all right. I think that my faith is good, my spirit is good, and I'll be back."
Coach Rose?: Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose wasn't going to sit on the bench at this point, but it would happen in the near future. He is just happy to see Rose back around the team.
"He'll be around the team," Thibodeau said. "He talks to me a lot so we talk about the team, we talk about our opponents, things like that so he's involved. Mentally he's very involved."
Thibodeau is confident that Rose will stay positive throughout his latest round of rehab.
"If you look at it, most players at some point in their career, they're going to deal with injury," Thibodeau said. "So I think the fact that he made it through the ACL, and he got through that very well, that recovery is complete. He's completely healthy, he's explosive, so I think that gives him a frame of reference to deal with this one. This [injury] is not nearly as severe, and he's already mapping out his preparations for next season and getting ready. So at the end of the day hopefully it will be nothing more than a bump in the road. He can get completely healthy and move forward."
Does Thibodeau think Rose could be a coach in the future?
"I hope so," he said. "I told him, I've got a chair for you. He's got great insights, we talk quite often, and I think it will help his development as well to look at it from maybe a different perspective. He's a student of the game. He studies the game. It will be good."