A Saturday night crowd in Indianapolis saw a healthy Derrick Rose take center stage and show that he still has the moves he had before he got injured. He can shake and bake, head to the rim, get through traffic and make the bucket.
It's hard to just estimate how good Rose will be in the season based on one game but it's the only thing we can base it on and it did look good.
It had, after all, been 526 days since Bulls fans got to see Rose do much of anything, other than sit on the bench, exhausting his supply of Italian suits as well as the fan base's patience, while he worked his way back from knee surgery.
No one really cared that this game was played October 5th or that it was a preseason game, everyone was just happy to see Derrick Rose back on the court, other than the Pacers of course.
Rose ended the game with 13 points and three assists with 20 minutes played, that's not terrific but it sure as hell isn't bad, especially for a player who has missed out 526 days. Rose is still a little rusty which explains the four turnovers but in his defense he has been out for over a year.
With a minute and 34 seconds left in the first half, Rose powered into the lane, launched himself off his surgically repaired left knee and into the torso of Roy Hibbert, the Pacers center. Rose fell down on his back and was up within two seconds ready to shoot his free throws.
“That’s the way I've been playing,” Rose said afterwards. “In practice, I’m not slowing down, and I don’t care who’s in the hole or whatever. If they’re going to foul me hard, I’m just going to get back up and continue to go hard at them.”
Rose's knee held up fine and now all the questions of "When?, Why not now?, when will he be back?" have all been flushed down the toilet.
The Bulls are going to have an amazing year if Rose can stay healthy, and basing on Saturday night's performance, he is ready.
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