(CHICAGO) — Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is two to three weeks ahead of schedule as he rehabilitates from his knee surgery. Rose tore his left anterior cruciate ligament on April 28 in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals and has been sidelined since.
“[I’m just] taking my time,” Rose told Comcast SportsNet Chicago, which stated the interview took place last month. “I’m definitely two or three weeks ahead of where I’m supposed to be, but that still (doesn’t) help the part healing-wise. I’ve still got to take that time off for my leg to heal.
“Of course, strength-wise it’s getting better every day, but scar tissue still has to heal, getting used to me just laying on my knees. Knee’s still numb in some areas. Hopefully I’ll get over that, but the doctor says I’ll forget about it when the season goes on, so I should be all right.”
Rose underwent surgery on May 12 and the surgeon, Dr. Brian Cole, said the rehabilitation process would take eight to 12 months.
Rose averaged 21.8 points per game along with 7.9 assists per game while leading Chicago to the playoffs.
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Seth Fiegerman, CNN