UPDATE: 03/18/2013 5:42 CT – Egg on my face – @KJCHoop Thibodeau said Hinrich, Gibson, Hamilton and Rose out vs. Nuggets.
UPDATE: 03/18/2013 3:59 CT – 4pm and still no official word from the team? #THERETURN
UPDATE: 03/18/2013 11:28 CT – Rose feels great today, has been completely cleared to play. The decision is in his court whether to play tonight.
Speculation and anticipation have reached an all-time high, and it seems that the Chicago Bulls are about to get a big boost from one of the hardest working players in the NBA. A source close to the situation has suggested that Derrick Rose should make his long-awaited return to the Chicago Bulls on Monday night against the Denver Nuggets. Rose, who has been out of the lineup since tearing his left ACL in the first game of the 2012 playoffs on April 28th, has been rehabbing hard and is finally ready to return.
“I think I can do everything, it’s just me having the confidence to do it,” Rose said before practice earlier this week. “Just me feeling normal.”
It appears Rose finally has passed the mental hurdle, as he should be playing Monday night. Rose has been participating in 5-on-5 for the better part of a month, and is fully dunking off of both of his legs. The 24-year old point guard averaged 21.8 points per game and 7.8 assists per game during the lockout shortened 2012 season that saw him play only 39 games due to a myriad of other injuries. Rose is just two seasons removed from winning the NBA MVP Trophy, and expectations are certainly high.