Specific information regarding Derrick Rose‘s rehabilitation from left knee surgery has been scarce.
But from the smiles emanating from Rose, it’s clear the franchise centerpiece remains on target to return at some point in the coming weeks.
“We’re not trying to be evasive,” general manager Gar Forman said Monday. “We just have stayed true to the process of taking things step by step, knowing we have to get him back to 100 percent. Once he’s at 100 percent and cleared medically, he’ll be ready to play. We’re optimistic that he’ll be back at some point this season.”
Most guesses have focused on late February or early March, just after the All-Star break. Forman said there is no specific game targeted for Rose’s return.
“He’s right on schedule with where we thought he would be,” Forman said. “This next step is what he’s doing on the floor. As soon as he has completed that step satisfactorily we’ll move on to the next step, which will be full practices with full contact for a length of time.”
The only specific timeline given came shortly after the May 12 surgery, when team physician Brian Cole said Rose would return in eight to 12 months. Saturday marks eight months. Still, it’s unlikely Rose returns before the All-Star break.
“The communication between (management) and the medical staff has been very detailed and laid out specifically each step in the process,” Forman said. “We revisit it all the time and make any adjustments if need be. From everything the medical staff said to our research, he’ll be able to get back to 100 percent and play at a high level.”