Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Forman: No setback in Rose rehab
Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman said Wednesday that Derrick Rose has not had a setback in his rehab from ACL surgery and maintained Rose will return when he is ready to play.
"We said (after his May 12 surgery) that it was going to be an 8-12 month window for him to get back to 100 percent," Forman said on Comcast SportsNet Chicago. "We're right within that window now. He's doing fine. There has never been any type of setback. He continues to make progress which is very encouraging.
"Everything has been really positive. I know the fans have been real anxious, but from our standpoint and mostly from Derrick's standpoint, we want to make sure that he's 100 percent ready when he hits that floor."
Rose told reporters Wednesday morning that he would not make his season debut against the Miami Heat and said he still doesn't know when he will return with 13 games left in the regular season.
Rose has been medically cleared to play, a source told ESPNChicago.com on March 7, but he still wasn't confident dunking off his left leg.
Forman said the plan remains the same for Rose.
"Now we're at a period where it's day to day, week to week. ... we communicate all the time," Forman said. "I don't want to speculate looking ahead three to four weeks. When Derrick is ready to play, Derrick will play. That's been from the get-go what our stance has been."