As the Chicago Bulls announced Monday during media day, Derrick Rose, Luol Deng, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer will serve as team captains. The same foursome who have held the distinction in each of the past two seasons.

Although Rose won’t travel with the Bulls to most away games once the regular season starts, the 2011 NBA MVP believes his presence around the team is critical even as he rehabilitates a torn ACL.

“[I am] being around team right now,” Rose said on Monday afternoon. “We’re doing most of my rehab up here [at the Berto Center] every day, showing [my teammates] that I’m working hard and showing that it’s paying off. I’m surprising some of them, too, when I walk around.”