Bulls' Rose not ruling out return this season

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose addressed reporters Thursday for the first time since undergoing season-ending knee surgery on Nov. 22, vowing to possibly return in time for the playoffs.

Rose, 25, tore his right meniscus on a simple backcut in Portland against the Trail Blazers. He underwent surgery to reattach the cartilage on Nov. 25 and remains on crutches.

"I could get hurt 10 more times -- I'm never going to stop," Rose said. "I play a unique way of playing basketball," Rose said. "I can't change that."

Rose responded to a question about the possibility of returning for the playoffs.

"If I'm healthy and the situation is right, I'm going to be back playing," he said. "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I'll be out there playing, but if it's something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, it's no need."

The Bulls had already said Rose is expected to make a full recovery by next season.

Rose sat out the 2012-13 season with a torn left ACL suffered in April 2012. He has played just 50 games in the last three seasons, including one playoff game.

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