Rose says it’s not close. At least, that’s what he told Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today.
“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports on Monday in his first extensive interview since the 2012-13 NBA season began. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.”
How close is Rose to 110%?
“Right now, probably in the high 80s,” he said. “Far away. Far away.”
And there’s no reason to rush him back. The Bulls are doing fine on their own at 30-21 and are currently fourth in the Eastern Conference. They’re only a half game behind the third-seeded Indiana Pacers and half a game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets.
It had been mentioned in December that Rose could be back this month. He had surgery in May and recovery was supposed to be anywhere from eight to 12 months. He tore his ACL in the last minute of Game 1 of the Bulls’ first-round postseason match-up with the eighth-seeded Philadelphia 76ers. The Sixers would go on to upset the first-seeded Bulls in six games.
Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists last season. He won the Most Valuable Player award in the 2010-11 season. At age 22, he was the youngest player ever to win the award. On that season, he averaged 25.0 points, 4.1 boards, and 7.7 assists and led the Bulls to a 62-20 record and to the Eastern Conference Finals. The Bulls would fall to the Miami Heat in five games.
Even though the Bulls lost to the undermanned San Antonio Spurs last night, they are still in the Top Four of the Eastern Conference as mentioned earlier.