Derrick Rose finally made his return to the court with the Chicago Bulls, and while some signs of rust were still showing he was as aggressive as we remember him pre-injury, and his explosion is still in tact.
Wanting to take his time with integrating Rose at full minutes, coach Tom Thibodeau only gave his point guard 20 minutes of action. This frustrated D Rose slightly, only because he couldn't be on the court during a close game to help his team finish strong.
“I’m feeling good. Thibs has been asking me the same thing. I’m feeling all right, though. After the game, I could have played some more, but they took me out, so if anything, just watching me and making sure that I’m all right,” he said. “I think conditioning and rehab and training definitely put me in the spot that I’m in right now, where I’m recovering real quick, I’m eating right. My diet changed, and it’s actually preventing a lot of injuries, knick-knack injuries. In the future, just preparing myself the right way and staying healthy, that’s the key.”
Rose played 20 minutes and 26 seconds in Saturday’s preseason-opening win over the Pacers in Indianapolis but wanted to play more.
“It’s tough, especially for it to be a close game like it was and to be sitting out,” explained the former league MVP, who scored 13 points. “Just wanted to test myself a little bit more, but I wasn’t able to.”
After all this time it doesn't make sense for Thibs to log Derrick heavy minutes. The Bulls' coach says his plan is to bring Rose along slowly, and if his progression continues, don't be surprised to see him playing full minutes by the start of the season in three weeks.