Derrick Rose has stayed quiet since his season -- and the Chicago Bulls' title aspirations -- was cut short by a knee injury in the playoffs, but the 2010-11 MVP surfaced in a YouTube video posted Friday, telling fans not to worry about him.
"Hopefully you'll see me back out there," Rose said in the video. "My biggest concern is don't worry about me. I know I'm going to be all right. I know that I'm healthy, I'm positive, I believe in God, so I should be back there on the court soon, and I hope that you support not only me but the Bulls."
Rose tore his ACL in Game 1 of the Bulls' first-round playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 28. He had surgery on May 12, and has kept a low profile since.
Doctors expect Rose to need eight to 12 months to recover from the surgery. Rose's brother and manager Reggie Rose told ESPNChicago last week that Rose is walking without a brace, and his rehab is ahead of schedule.
Dr. Brian Cole, who performed the surgery on Rose, also said last month that Rose was ahead of schedule.
Kentucky coach John Calipari liked what he heard from Rose when he spoke to him earlier this summer. Calipari, Rose's former coach at Memphis and still a confidant of the Bulls star, told ESPN 1000's "The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show" last week that Rose is determined to be better than he was before the injury.
"He looked at the whole thing in a bigger picture and basically said, 'You know this may have been a message to me to slow down and to really look at what's going on around me and to step back,' " Calipari said. " 'He said, 'I think God was telling me things are coming at you too fast.' And he said, 'Coach I'm gonna come back (and) wait until you see my body when I come back.' And he said, 'I'm going to be better than I was before I got hurt.' And if you know him, you understand when he gets on a mission that way, he's going."
The Bulls team Rose returns to will have plenty of new faces staring back at him. The Bulls cut ties with guard C.J. Watson and swingman Ronnie Brewer, traded sharpshooter Kyle Korver and appear to be on the verge of losing guard John Lucas III, who is reportedly closing in on a deal with the Toronto Raptors. They also have a decision to make on center Omer Asik, who agreed to an offer sheet with the Houston Rockets. The Bulls will have three days to match the offer once it's signed by Asik.
The Bulls agreed to a deal with guard Kirk Hinrich, a move the team has yet to announce, giving them a veteran to hold down the point for Rose while he's out. They also drafted Kentucky point guard Marquis Teague in the first round and signed former Atlanta Hawks forward Vladimir Radmanovic.
Rose thanked fans for their support in the video.
"I know I haven't been out there, but I appreciate you all watching this video," Rose said.
Well, good thing he believes in God! Because there's really a God who's more interested in NBA basketball than helping the 40,000 children who starve to death everyday, right? I'm looking forward to seeing D-Rose back on the court, but if he gets back out there early and is as good or better than ever, it's a testament to his work ethic, not the mysterious workings of some God who's apparently a Chicago Bulls fan. In all seriousness though, get well soon, Derrick!
Yeah, this "I believe in God" is pretty stupid. Who gave you flimsy knees in the first place ? God, right ? So probably he wanted you to be hurt and to poison you career. Why would he change his mind ? God knows and doesn't make mistakes, so why would he undo what he's done ? As Throwback Mick said, thousands of children are starving every day, and apparently that doesn't bother God at all, he couldn't care less. So dear Derrick, you'll have to manage your knees alone. Be realistic: No God created you, so no God will fix you. Maybe you'll finish like Oden and many others: It's not like there is some kind of immanent justice in the world.
im happy that rose is ahead of schedule, the guy is a really humble, down to earth person who respects the game. he needs to be better then before he got injured because the Bulls have lost a lot of their rotational players and hes gonna have to pick up the slack. if the bulls want to keep rose and win a championship, they have a funny way of showing it
He said im going to be better than I was before I got hurt......if that happens the NBA is in trouble.
You two made two of the most pathetic posts I've ever seen on this site.
Just because he said he believes in God doesn't mean he believes that God is going to miraculously heal him and make him the same player he was before.
It means that he lives his life for God and doesn't worry. Why should he? He understands that he's going to end up where he's supposed to be regardless. Whether he's the same player or he's not... He's going to be okay. This is a kid that understands that he's blessed.
He's going to work as hard as he possibly can, live his life the right way and accept the outcome.
Eloquently put IB...