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Derrick Rose: No pain in knee, hopes to fully practice ‘this week or next week’


The Chicago Bulls received encouraging words about Derrick Rose’s presumably eventual return this season from none other than the point guard himself.

The injury-riddled Rose, who underwent yet another surgery, a meniscectomy, on Feb. 27, said his surgically repaired right knee feels good considering where he was at less than a month ago.

“I don’t have it,” Rose said, via ESPN Chicago’s Nick Friedell. “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.”

Referring to his recovery process as “smooth,” Rose said it’s his goal to return to full-contact practice “this week or next week,” seemed hopeful he’ll be able to return to the lineup after taking a contact in practices for a week or two. He nevertheless was reluctant to set an exact timetable for his return, something Bulls general manager Gar Forman did shortly following Rose’s surgery that seemed to irk the point guard.

“That would be the plan, but who knows?” Rose said before Wednesday shootaround. “Whenever I’m ready to come back, that’s when I’m going to come back.”

But all things considered, Rose seems content where he is at this stage of his recovery.

“I’m feeling good,” Rose said. “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.”

Rose has appeared in 46 games for the Bulls thus far this season, averaging 18.4 points, 5.0 assists and 3.1 rebounds per game. But with only a handful of weeks remaining in the regular season — the Bulls’ final game on the schedule is April 15 — it will be close call concerning whether or not Rose can return in time to get back into game shape before the postseason, even on the shorter end of the presumed unofficial timetable.

Either way, the Bulls will warmly welcome their oft-injured but talented superstar back whenever he’s ready.  And so will the team’s fans.