Derrick Rose will take part in five-on-five practices with the Bulls after this weekend’s All-Star break, but he remains in no hurry to return to the court. Rose has missed the entire season after tearing his ACL in the first round of 2012 NBA Playoffs.
Rose told USA Today on Monday that he is still “far away” from returning.
On Wednesday night, Rose said that dunking is one of his remaining hurdles.
“I know if I can dunk off stride, I’ll be out there playing," Rose said. "Right now, I can’t.”
Rose has not taken any hits to his left knee while working out on the court, but he’s “not afraid of that. I know that’s going to happen, that’s the way I play.”
Rose insists that he won’t change his aggressive penetration style of play when he finally does return.
“I’m working on my shot, but I’m not going to be labeled as a shooter,” said Rose. “I’m going to be someone that can consistently hit a jump shot, but my game is always going to be driving.”
Rose will listen to those around him, the front office, coaching staff and trainers, but he said “it’s really on me to make the decision.”
The Bulls have managed well without Rose, remaining neck-and-neck with the Pacers for first place in the Central Division, and the 2011 MVP feels no pressure to return earlier than he should.
“None at all,” said Rose. “That’s the last thing that I’m thinking about. I know it’s all on me, I’ve just got to make a decision when I’m ready.
“I’m feeling good. But if it’s taking me a long time and I’m not feeling right, I don’t mind missing this year.”