Derrick Rose spoke to the assembled media on Wednesday for the first time since Chicago Bulls media day and flatly admits he is open to the possibility of missing the entire season as his rehabilitates from a torn ACL.
"I'm feeling good," Rose said. "But if it's where it's taking me a long time and I'm still not feeling right, I don't mind missing this year.
"I would love to (return). That's why I approach my rehab and workouts so hard. I'm trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible. But if I have anything lingering on, it's no point."
More importantly, Rose still does not feel comfortable with his left knee, noting he has not taken a hit on his knee and has not yet dunked in stride.
"My leg still isn't feeling right," Rose said. "Mentally, I still feel I'm fine. Every week, I'm trying to do something different —stay on my rehab, lift a little more, squat a little more. I'm taking it very serious."
Rose believes he is not afraid of the contact and that whenever he returns, he will not just be a shooter or a facilitator.
"I'm working on my shot, but you're not going to label me as a shooter," he said. "My game is always going to be driving."