It seems that all anyone wants to discuss today is Rose's interview with USA Today. Heck, I surely want to talk about it as well. Thanks to Mr. YFBB (if I may call him such) on Twitter, I got the full story:
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Throughout the day, several members of the media - including Ricky O'Donnell, who provided a great opinion piece on the interview - have narrowed in on some particular quotes, such as this:
It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready. With all the hard work I've been putting into my craft, I think I'm going to be OK.
Now, there certainly is much that can be taken from that particular statement. The popular move, it seems, is to focus on the "It could be next year" part. Also, one could, as Dogfishhead stated in O'Donnell's piece, just as easily highlight the "It could be any day. It could be any time" portion of that quote.
The truth, however, is never so simply stated.
If you scroll down just a bit in the actual feature, Rose begins to talk about his rehabilitation and how he believes he will play once returning.
Read this and see if it does not make you feel a bit better:
Rose began shooting in August with basketball trainer Rob McClanaghan, who has worked with Rose since the summer after his senior year of high school at Simeon (Chicago). They met again in November and three weeks ago.
"It was good to get in the gym but it was also good for him mentally — back in the gym where it started, talking trash and getting shots up," McClanaghan said.
"He learned a lot about his body, and that's something he would have never learned. ... He even saw, 'I can get even better.' Is he going to be better than he was? To be determined. But I tell you what, he didn't cut himself short."
Will he able to be the same explosive player he was pre-injury? "For sure. I could do that right now," Rose said. "But I'm just being patient. You don't want to rush anything."
There is the mental component, too, and Rose is dealing with that. He said he hasn't taken a hit in practice, but isn't concerned. "That's the way I play," he said.
However, he added, "It's only me getting over that scared stage and just going out there and playing with that confidence, knowing I've been training six days a week and everything will be all right. ... It's just that like driving is totally different because the injury happened when I was driving" to the basket in the playoff opener.
The feature goes on to say that Rose, who was never a particularly dedicated weightlifter, is "squatting 300-350 pounds." Rose also claims that his legs and knees are stronger than ever.
So what does all of this mean? It means that we tend to speculate more than we should when we do not have the facts, myself included. With Rose, however, I am willing to wait for more than some pulled quotes. I admit that I was a bit worried earlier today, but Rose's words - not the vague ramblings of Coach Thibodeau, Nick Fridell, the Bulls' Front Office - have set me at ease.
Do yourself a service and read the full article. Derrick talks about his son, his family life, and several other things beyond that one particular quote that has circled the web that you probably want to know.
But you can be that explosive already, Derrick? Can we see one dunk, please? This city is starving for its hero.