Yes you read that headline correctly. Before having a meltdown about his comments, let me say that it is July 3rd so everyone expects him to be ready when the season opens next year. From his comments though, it really seems like D Rose is taking full control of his comeback. Check this out:
“It was hard,” Rose said of missing the season. “One of the hardest things I’ve had to go through in my life. After surgery, when you start running … when you have an injury like this, there is stages you have to go through, I’m still going through my stages. I’m not done yet, but this is the most I’ve ever worked on my craft and the most focused I’ve ever been in my NBA career.
“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.”
Late in the season Rose also took a lot of heat about practicing with the team but not being out there in the games. Here is what his thoughts are on that:
“When you’re in practice, of course it’s not like gamelike speed, unless it’s like training camp,” Rose said. “Gamelike experience is totally different when you have strategy, this and that, double teams. When I play, I get double-teamed a lot. We play the same defense [in practice] we play in the game, so there wasn’t any double-teams. So I was able to roam around freely. And in a game … I wasn’t able to take on that double-team yet.
Like I said, I won’t have a meltdown over this during the offseason but my advice to D Rose would be to stop talking about it. The more he talks, the more of a sense we all get that his issue is mental at this point and not physical. Here’s hoping to a good recovery and no more drama surrounding #TheReturn.