(CHICAGO) — Derrick Rose looked to be almost back to his normal self on Wednesday night in their preseason game against the Detroit Pistons.
“I think I’m way more explosive now,” Rose said after scoring 22 points in 22 minutes. “Like getting to the rim. I think I can take contact a little bit better. And as far as jumping-wise, I think I can jump even higher. They tested my vertical — I increased it by 5 inches. I just didn’t show it yet because there’s no need to.”
Rose missed all of last season with a left knee injury.
“The biggest thing is after you have an ACL or any injury, it’s the mental part,” Rose said. “And for me not to think about anything no more and actually be reacting to the defense and the offense, it feels great knowing that I’m safe. I don’t have to worry about anything at all, even if I go to the hole and get contact and fall any type of way, that I could easily get up and bounce right back and play the way that I normally know how to play.”
Rose sat out last week’s preseason game with knee soreness, but stressed he will be ready to go for the regular season.
“I feel normal right now,” he said. “I’m not worried about anything. I don’t have any aches or have any nagging injuries or anything. I’m really taking care of my body and really preparing myself for this long season.”
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Jill Martin, CNN