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Sunday, April 7, 2013
Updated: April 8, 11:27 AM ET
Derrick Rose open to this season

By Nick Friedell
ESPNChicago.com

Derrick Rose isn't ready to give up on the idea of playing this season just yet.

Rose left open the possibility that he would return when asked if he wouldn't play this season.

"Oh no," Rose told reporters Sunday before the Chicago Bulls' shootaround. "I'm keeping it open."

With just six regular-season games remaining, there has been lots of speculation on whether the Bulls and Rose would be better served to shut down the former MVP for the rest of the season.

Rose has said repeatedly that he will be the one who makes the ultimate decision.

"I'm not trying to think about that right now," Rose said. "I'm just trying to get better. I'm just trying to help my teammates, give them confidence to go out there and play hard, and just be a great teammate.

"I'll play whenever I'm ready to play. Who knows when I'm ready to? Right now, all I can do is just cheer on my teammates."

As for any minutes restrictions, Rose doesn't sound concerned about that as he continues his rehab. He is getting closer to the one-year anniversary of tearing his ACL last April 28.

"I wouldn't mind [playing limited minutes] at all," he said. "Of course I want to play more, but it's not that big. I'm going to play whenever I'm ready. I don't care if it's 15 or 40 [minutes]. I just love the game too much. I'm just waiting, just praying about it and hopefully I'll be out there soon."