Chicago Bulls superstar Derrick Rose is reportedly targeting the October 5 pre-season encounter against Eastern Conference rivals Indiana Pacers to make his long-awaited return from injury.

24-year-old point guard Rose, who was drafted by the Bulls with the first overall pick of the 2008 NBA draft and was the league MVP in 2011, has been missing since suffering a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during the first round of the 2011-12 NBA playoffs. 

But after successful surgery and a long year of rehabilitation, it appears Rose is now finally ready to step back onto the court as the Bulls prepare to challenge Indiana and reigning champions Miami Heat for supremacy in the East. 

In Rose's absence last season, the Bulls posted a record of 45-37 and advanced to the postseason after securing the fifth seed. They went on to win a thrilling seven game first round series win over the Brooklyn Nets, before eventually falling 4-1 to the Heat in the Conference semi-finals. 

The diminutive but explosive veteran Nate Robinson was drafted in to cover for Rose, with he, Kirk Hinrich and rookie Marquis Teague sharing the minutes at the point. 


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