Feb 11, 2013; Chicago, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls injured point guard Derrick Rose shoots before the game against the San Antonio Spurs at the United Center. Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls Derrick Rose: "I'm not coming back until I'm 110%"

Derrick Rose stated via Facebook that he’s not interested in resuming game play until he’s 110 percent healthy:

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. I’m not coming back until I’m 110%…..Right now, I’m probably in the high 80s

Rose’s desire to be at full strength when he returns to the Bulls’ lineup is more than understandable. Not only does the MVP seek to be in top form when he returns, but he also hopes to avoid re-injuring the crucial ligament (ACL) which forms the strength in his knees and enables his explosive leaping ability.

The Bulls have thrived without Rose, but few feel they can make a push to win a title without the point guard. At 30-21, the Bulls currently sit at the No. 4 spot in the east, and will undoubtedly further climb in the standings when Rose returns. Remember, this is a squad that finished atop the Eastern Conference standings in each of the last two seasons.

Reasonably, the Bulls have a chance of knocking off the Miami Heat, but only if Rose returns close to full-form in short time. An “80 percent” Rose, as he indicates he is now, would still vastly improve the Bulls, but don’t expect Derrick to return in the next week if he still has a ways to go to reach his ultimate goal of being not only the player he was but an even better one.

After all, 110 percent exceeds what most of us can give, by reality’s standards, and to expect anything less from a player with Rose’s work ethic just isn’t fair to such a young player with a long and hopefully successful career still lying before him.

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