Ever since suffering an orbital fracture to his left eye socket back on September 29, Derrick Rose's status for the start of the 2015-16 regular season has been in doubt.
And, although the former NBA MVP has been back participating in team activity in recent days as he continues rehabbing after surgery, his revelation to media yesterday suggests he still has some way to go before being ready to return to the hardwood.
That's after Rose, via CSN Chicago's Vincent Goodwill, admitted to reporters that he is still seeing double vision.
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"Yeah, yeah. Right now I see two of you," Rose said.
"It’s kind of bad, but it’s preseason you know, so it’s all about getting out there and playing, just playing a couple of minutes and seeing how it goes.”
Rose went on to say he wants to play in the Bulls' final preseason game against the Dallas Mavericks today. But, if he is continuing to have issues with his vision, Chicago would be foolish to send him into the action.
With Rose having been unable to do anything for over two weeks, and with the Bulls' season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers now just days away, head coach Fred Hoiberg had been keen to get his star point guard some minutes against the Mavs.
Rose's double vision, however, may now mean his status for the primetime visit of the Cavs is now also is major doubt.
The NBA season is a long and arduous one. The Windy City franchise would be well advised to make sure Rose is 100-percent ready to go rather than forcing the issue.