Derrick Rose Could Return to Bench Role in Mid-January

Chicago, IL - According to Joe Cowley of the Chicago Sun Times, the Bulls are expected to get superstar point guard Derrick Rose back in a bench role by mid-January. These reports are certainly huge for the Bulls, but they haven’t been confirmed by the team. While they haven’t necessarily been confirmed, the reports about his rehab are good and the signs are beginning to look up for his return.

Through 10 games earlier this season with the Bulls, Rose averaged 15.9 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.2 rebounds per game. Those number obviously aren’t that impressive, but he was beginning to improve with each week. It will be interesting to see how he comes back from this latest knee injury after having suffered two severe injuries in the last couple seasons.

DerrickRoseReturnHN2“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome isn’t something I want, there’s no need.” - Derrick Rose

The good news is that Rose is improving and progressing in his rehab. The bad news is that he hasn’t been taking part in actual basketball activities, which means that it will be a grueling process for him to get back into basketball shape. Bringing Rose off the bench would be a huge addition for the Bulls, but they also don’t want to rush him back, especially with their playoff hopes still being very much alive due to a weak Eastern Conference.

Reports have surfaced that Derrick Rose asked the Bulls not to begin rebuilding the team following his latest injury in the hopes that he would be back to make a run this season. The Bulls’ organization as a whole still believes in their star point guard, and will not begin trading pieces away unless Derrick Rose is unable to make a comeback this season.

Evan Massey is the Lead Editor for Hoops-Nation. Follow Evan on Twitter at @Massey_Evan.

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