April 7, 2011; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) dribbles against Boston Celtics point guard Rajon Rondo (9) during the second half at the United Center. The Bulls beat the Celtics 97-81. Mandatory Credit: Rob Grabowski-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose Opens up About his ACL

Derrick Rose had an extensive interview with USA Today that was released earlier this morning. In it, he talked about the timetable of his return, the pace at which he’s going, and how he’ll look upon his return.

Here are a few quotes from Rose:

“I don’t have a set date,” Rose told USA TODAY Sports on Monday in his first extensive interview since the 2012-13 NBA season began. “I’m not coming back until I’m 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It’s just that I’m not coming back until I’m ready.

“Right now, probably in the high 80s,” he said. “Far away. Far away.”

“I know it’s going to be something good. With all this hard work I’ve been putting into my game, I’m doing stuff I never did before. I gained 10, 11 pounds of muscle. I don’t know what type of player I’m going to be. I just know that I’m going to be very good.”

The Bulls still don’t have a set timetable for Rose’s return and that’s a good thing. They’re being patient with him and letting him come back on his own pace.

Its not like the Bulls need him right now, either. They’re fourth in the Eastern Conference and only a half game back of the Indiana Pacers for the Central division. They’re in prime position to advance in the playoffs–maybe even the Conference Finals–without him.

The addition of Derrick Rose would only be a plus for the Bulls, but they don’t need him to prosper right now. Being patient is the best route for them to go.

Hopefully the Celtics have the same patience with Rajon Rondo and maintain patience through whatever rehab he has. They haven’t determined whether or not surgery will be needed for his partially torn ACL at this point.

Rondo shouldn’t feel the need to be rushed back regardless of the Celtics’ record at the end of the season–even if its possible for him to make a return. At that point he would be a liability for the Celtics on the floor instead of helping them at all. That’s what you don’t want when dealing with a major injury.

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