Derrick Rose, more than 14 months removed from his last NBA game, has a plan for his October return to the Chicago Bulls.

“There’s only one goal, and that’s to win a championship,” he told Bulls TV in a video interview published Wednesday.

The 2010-11 NBA MVP missed all of last season after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee. Rose drew ire from fans and detractors alike for skipping an entire season, particularly as the Bulls lost to the Miami Heat in the second round of the playoffs. He had been cleared by doctors to play but never felt comfortable.

That’s going to be different for next season, which he plans to be ready for.

“Me saying it is something totally different,” Rose said. “Me going on the court and showing them will let them know it was the right decision.”

That decision involved practicing regularly with the team, including throwing down a few dunks. But Rose repeatedly said he wouldn’t come back until he was fully healthy and playing at the level he’s come to expect from himself.

He said practices with the team went well but didn’t replicate the hard defense NBA opponents would throw at him, including double-teams and physical play.

“I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and knowing what I had to go through and knowing that I had to be smart, this is something that I had to be selfish with,” Rose said. “I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”

Rose has spent most of the past year away from the news media as well as the court. He broke his silence during the season in an exclusive February interview with USA TODAY Sports but talked little after that. While teammates and coaches fielded questions, Rose split his time between rehab and fatherhood.

“I didn’t want to do anything, to tell you the truth; I didn’t want to talk to anyone,” Rose said. “I just wanted to rebuild my leg and be around my son. It’s a time where me having a son is huge for me. It’s real big. My father wasn’t ever in my life, so he’s first now and with anything.”

Via USAToday



  • Just come back strong & ready to rock. Everbody gon forgive u

    • WildWild

      All day… once we bring home that ship… sad to hear they let Nate go

      • Murder

        Bring home that what lol this ain’t the 90’s

    • bighomie53

      @B,, He’s already forgiven in my book for sitting out the whole season and saying f#ck the critics & just focusing on getting healthy so he can return to perform at a high level that we’re use to and definitely expect from him…

  • MoorDetroitRed

    That’s exactly what I’m saying. Fucc Chicago, and they deep dish pizza. Bunch of hoodlum chief keef azz niggas. Lucky he ain’t retire with that bread…have @B Cake rolling around on the floor crying with Prest.

    • bighomie53

      @Moor,, I take it that you sayin f#ck my city with intentions on firing shots @B Strait,,, BUT that kinda talk resonates with individuals such as I, being that i’m Home Grown & Stone to the Bone , Ready to Ride for the South Side,, So i feel the shrapnel from the blast as well… Although i’m pretty sure that it wasn’t intentional but it’s just the same as Me saying f#ck the D, & You, @One Slug &/or anyone else from Detroit saying hold on n!gg@ what you just say!!!!!!!!!! #becool

      • Lmao check that lil nigga @bighomie. *throws up the C*..chitown @homie yeah ain’t no love lost for the homie pooh(rose) chi niggas just ready for him to lead his hometown squad again! The man didn’t buckle to the pressure(media) & now we’ll see him ready to ball in late October at full strength! That nigga need to give some of giordanos pizza coupons LOL.

        Fuk outta here @mooron, my man @oneslug say u ain’t a Detroit nigga no way. U probably stay in a Michigan suburb somewhere surrounded by old white people LOL

        • MoorDetroitRed

          Nah @Big I’m jus playin. I completely understand Rose. Come back confident and strong. Smart

          • bighomie53

            It’s all good G!!!!!!!!!! #WP

  • Big ALbert

    When it’s something career threatening like an ACL you gotta think about yourself first. Remember D-Wade got hurt, sat out until he was 100% and next season he was clise to winning MVP. Now look at what happened with Terrell Brandon. He was never the same.