Derrick Rose has given Chicago Bulls fans some great news on the eve of the team's game tonight against the Dallas Mavericks.
Great to see
Just 10 days after undergoing surgery on yet another knee issue that had initially led to fears that his season (and perhaps even career) were done, the Bulls star has been filmed making shots on the United Center court.
The video comes courtesy of Comcast Sport's Chuch Garfien and, considering Rose's history with injury and his importance to the team's immediate title chances, it is sure to leave Chicago natives smiling regardless of tonight's result.
Granted Rose only makes two-from-five attempts, but his accuracy right now will be the least of Chicago staff's concerns. Simply seeing the former NBA MVP out on the court throwing up any kind of shots is more than many could have hoped for when he came to them complaining of knee pain at the back end of February.
ESPN's Nick Friedell added some more info on Rose's pre-game warm up session.
Prior to going down with his latest injury, Derrick Rose had had his critics this season in Chicago but there can be no doubt that a fit D-Rose is an untold advantage for the Bulls as they head to the business end of the season.
Indeed when the set back came, Rose was arguably finding his best form of the season - his 30 point game against the Cleveland Cavaliers prior to All-Star break being a perfect case in point.
Comeback on the horizon
In the days after surgery it was announced that his return was expected to come in anywhere between four and six weeks and the pictures today suggest that rehab is going according to plan.
Chicago have gone 3-4 in Rose's absence - losing to the Clippers, Spurs, Pacers and Hornets since he last appeared on Feb. 23.
Tom Thibodeau's side remain firmly in contention in the playoff picture however, sitting third in the Eastern Conference. While the head coach won't be able to call on Derrick Rose tonight (despite his presence at the United Center) having Rose out there warming up will only serve as an inspiration to his fellow teammates in the crucial weeks to come.