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Rose return?: Bulls open preseason in Indy

8/1/2013
Derrick Rose's return to the court now has a date -- Oct. 5 in Indianapolis. Dan Lippitt/NBAE via Getty Images

The long-awaited return of Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose likely will come Oct. 5 in Indianapolis in the preseason opener against the Indiana Pacers.

The eight-game preseason schedule released on Thursday includes a game against the Washington Wizards in Rio de Janeiro on Oct. 12.

Rose, who tore his ACL in the first game of the playoffs on April 28, 2012 and missed all of last season, told reporters in Madrid last month that he will "definitely" play in the preseason opener.

"I should be able to play in the first game of the season," Rose told reporters at an adidas event in Spain, according to HoopsHype.com. "I know I'm anxious right now to play. My health is everything right now, it's 100 percent. But right now, the first game ... I will definitely be playing it."

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on July 20 that he expects Rose to play the normal eight-minute shifts with the starters once the preseason begins.

"We'll see once we get to training camp, and we're going to have an opportunity to get some work done in the fall, but we have to keep in mind he's been out an extended amount of time," Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com Thursday night during Las Vegas Summer League action. "So the preseason -- and we look at training camp as the entire month, not just a week -- we'll move him along accordingly.

"We'll see what he can handle. I think there's going to be some rust initially, but I fully expect him to get back to [being] the player we all know that he is."

The Bulls will play their first game at the United Center on Oct. 16 against the Detroit Pistons and also have home games against the Pacers on Oct. 18, Milwaukee Bucks on Oct. 21 and Denver Nuggets in the final preseason game on Oct. 25.