(NEW YORK) — Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose says that he is still recovering from a torn ACL injury that caused him to miss the entire 2012-2013 season.
Despite feeling pressure from fans and media to return in time for the playoffs, Rose decided it’d be best for he and the team long-term if he decided not to suit up at all.
Rose was physically cleared by doctors towards the end of the regular season, but said he wasn’t mentally ready to return as well as physically. While many weighed in on how Rose should handle his recovery, Rose knew he had to do things his way.
“I’m not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and going through what I had to go through and being smart, it’s something that I had to be selfish with. I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”
“Every day I was working out like my leg is going to feel better,” Rose added. “I was pushing myself every day, eating right, trying to take of my body so that I can be out there as soon as possible. But it didn’t happen.”
When healthy, Rose is one of the best players in the entire NBA. The former MVP averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists during the 2011-2012 season.
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Madison Park, Keith Allen and Andreas Preuss, CNN