Derrick Rose spoke to the media on Thursday for the first time since undergoing surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee.

Rose was asked if he could return for the playoffs.

"If I'm healthy and the situation is right - I'm playing," said Rose.

K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune was told by the Chicago Bulls two weeks ago that the chances of Rose returning are "almost non-existent."

Rose also was asked if the Bulls may have to move on without him.

"You can be a fool if you want to," said Rose.