Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose Cleared to Play

Feb 11, 2013; Deerfield, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose dribbles a basketball as he rehabs from an ALC injury at the Berto Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

The moment the Chicago Bulls and the NBA have eagerly been awaiting has finally arrived – Derrick Rose is cleared to play basketball again. He has physically recovered from his torn ACL, but he is not quite ready to step on the floor just yet.

According to ESPN Chicago, team doctors have given Rose the green light, but he wants to get his mind just right before he feels ready to step on an NBA court again:

Derrick Rose’s doctor has cleared the Chicago Bulls’ star to play, a team source said, but his long-awaited return to the lineup won’t occur until he can confidently dunk off his left foot, Rose has told the team.

This is obviously terrific news, as Rose is now participating in everything but the actual games. It seems as though the notion of the 2011 NBA MVP sitting out the rest of the season is no longer relevant, as the Bulls hope Rose can return somewhere around mid-March.

Getting mentally ready to play again is just as important as being physically fit. When you suffer an injury like Rose did, it inevitably puts restrictive thoughts in your head.

Perhaps I should be careful with this next step. Maybe it is best if I don’t jump off this leg, just in case something breaks again. When he feels comfortable enough to put those types of thoughts to the side, he will be back. Derrick Rose knows only one way to play, and until he convinces his mind that he can do the things he is used to doing, him sitting out a couple more games is definitely the best option.

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