Deerfield, IL, United States (4E Sports) – After missing more than a year due to torn ACL, Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose said he will go all-out when he takes the floor in Saturday’s preseason game against the Indiana Pacers to prove his critics wrong.
“I’m a guy where whoever’s on the court I’m going to go at them,” Rose said. “If it’s my teammates, it could be my mom on the court, she’s going to get killed. I could care less who [is out there].”
“For me, I’m just trying to build that mentality where I don’t care who’s out there, I’m going to play the same way,” he added.
Rose said he’s also excited to join his teammates and compete after sitting out almost a year and a half because of an ACL injury that he suffered April 28, 2012.
“I’m ready,” Rose said. “I’m just ready to go out there and play. Every day I’m getting stronger, I haven’t had any setbacks. I’m just looking forward to the day where I step on the court.”
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau sat Rose during the scrimmaging portion of Monday’s practice as part of a “planned rest”. Rose said he didn’t have any problems with the organization’s decision to hold him out.
“I don’t fight it,” Rose said. “I know that it’s for my health. I know that it’s going to better me as a player and really get me rest. Like today we went really hard at it in practice, scrimmaged two times and I felt good.”
Rose is also hoping that the transition back into the starting lineup can be seamless.
“Now they’re putting me into the equation, just trying to get my rhythm back and go out there and try to play a simple game and play aggressive,” he added.
Thibodeau, for his part, is confident that Rose would fall back into a rhythm quickly. He was the last player on the floor after practice while getting extra work in with coaches.