(CHICAGO) — Bulls All-Star point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared to return to action by his doctor, according to a team source.
However, Rose has told the Bulls that he will not play until he can confidently dunk off his left foot.
The 24-year-old Rose had surgery in May to repair a torn ACL suffered in last year’s playoffs. He has been rehabbing hard and participating in scrimmages with his teammates, but won’t play in a game until he 100 percent mentally ready.
“I’m feeling good, but like I said, if it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I don’t mind missing this year,” Rose said in an interview back in February.
The source added that the team is not pressuring Rose to return earlier than he wants to, but the team is still confident that he will play sometime this month.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN