(NEW YORK) — Much of next season rides on the knee of point guard Derrick Rose for Chicago Bulls fans. The former MVP is still recovering from a torn ACL he suffered in the first round of the playoffs. Despite concern over when he’ll return next season, Rose sent fans a message on YouTube.
“Hopefully you’ll see me back out there,” Rose said in the video. “My biggest concern is don’t worry about me. I know I’m going to be alright. I know that I’m healthy, I’m positive, I believe in God, so I should be back there on the court soon, and I hope that you support not only me but the Bulls.”
Rose suffered the injury in Game 1 of the team’s opening round series against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 28. Without Rose, the Bulls were eliminated in six games after posting the best record in the Eastern Conference. Rose is expected to need eight to 12 months to recover from the injury.
“I know I haven’t been out there, but I appreciate you all watching this video,” Rose later added.
In 39 games played last season, Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN