In late February, the whole basketball world was writing the obituary of star Chicago Bulls baller Derrick Rose.
It was revealed that the point guard required another knee surgery, and subsequently NBA experts and fans across the US believed that Rose would miss the rest of the season again due to his third major knee injury in four years.
But after Rose underwent meniscectomy surgery on his right knee on Feb 27, signs pointed to the possibility Rose could be back in action before the regular season ends.
Furthermore, in an interview with ESPN on Wednesday, the talented 26-year-old said the pain in his knee has subsided meaning he is going to resume contact practice in two weeks, while he explained that he hopes to be back in action before the playoffs.
"That would be the plan, but who knows?" Rose told ESPN. "Whenever I'm ready to come back, that's when I'm going to come back."
"While Rose has been non-committal regarding a comeback date, he says the process has been "smooth, same as the other two" and that there has been no pain or swelling in the knee," ESPN reported.
"I don't have it," Rose continued. "I don't have any. So that's a good sign. The swelling is gone. So it's all about just getting on the court."
Rose has had plenty of experience of rehabbing injuries, and he added that the whole process is a huge grind. As always, Rose is seeing the positive side of things and hoping to get back as soon as possible.
"I'm feeling good," Rose added. "I'm trying to do all the right things, put all the positives in the bag and just try to go with it. It's something that I've been doing for a long time with rehab. It's a grind -- definitely a grind -- but I'm getting used to it."
If and when Rose does return, he will be returning to a team on a bad run. The Bulls have lost six of their last ten games, but are still very likely to make the playoffs.