Bulls star Derrick Rose won't be playing for a while, but that didn't stop him from making an appearance at Media Day on Monday. Rose spoke on a variety of subjects, although much of the discussion naturally centered around his knee. Much of the knee talk was the same old stuff, with lines about how he's getting better everyday and that he's motivated to prove all the doubters wrong. The name of Adrian Peterson was invoked yet again, as the Vikings running back made a rather quick recovery from an ACL tear.
But we did actually get somewhat of a real update, with Rose saying that he's about two weeks away from cutting for the first time since surgery. Even more interesting was that the former MVP admitted to being "scared" about cutting again, which shows just how big a part the mental aspect plays on his road to recovery. He would actually go on to say that the mental part of the rehab has been more difficult than the physical part.
One fun part of the interview was when Rose was told about the new contract extension for coach Tom Thibodeau. Judging by Rose's genuinely surprised reaction, it seems that none of the players were told about the new deal. This K.C. Johnson tweet appears to confirm that:
Thibs' extension got finalized over weekend and didn't get revealed at team dinner with players Sunday night. #Bulls— K.C Johnson (@KCJHoop) October 1, 2012
Rose spoke glowingly about Thibs and expressed his satisfaction with the fact that the deal was done. The positive relationship between the Bulls' superstar and their coach is a big reason why I don't worry about the team ever tuning out Thibs.
And finally, we get to a part of the interview that was not so fun. When discussing the signing of Kirk Hinrich:
"Kirk's the first person I recruited."
"Kirk is someone I can see myself playing alongside for a long time."
These responses could certainly explain why the Bulls made Hinrich their "top priority" this offseason. There's obviously some comfort level between the two guys. It's the only reason to explain why Rose would recruit a guy like Hinrich and not superstars like LeBron James or Dwight Howard. I'm not happy about it, but I guess that's his prerogative. If we want to take some silver lining from this, it's that he's changing his views on recruiting. Now he just needs to recruit guys that don't suck.