Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose talked to reporters Thursday for the first time since his season-ending injury. Entering the press area on crutches, Rose took little time to address his future on the court.
"My faith is good, my spirit is good," Rose said, "and I'll be back."
It’s been 13 days since Derrick Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee, and 10 days since he underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair it.
After the procedure, Rose was immediately ruled out for the remainder of the season by the Bulls, avoiding a PR nightmare similar to last year when the point guard took heavy criticism for sitting out the Bulls entire 2012-13 campaign while he rehabbed his surgically repaired left knee after tearing his ACL.
When asked Thursday if he will return as the same player he once was, he didn't hesitate. "I know am," he said, "a better player."
Rose told reporters the injury was particularly frustrated after all the work he put in to recover from a torn ACL. The silver lining, he said, is a medial meniscus tear is much easier to come back from.
"I can't lose faith. My story isn't done," he said. "I should be out there pretty soon."
This season, Chicago was 6-4 with Rose in the lineup, but after his second knee injury in 19 months, the Bulls have gone just 1-4 since. D. Rose was averaging 15.9 points, 4.3 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game prior to his injury.
"I'm rebuilding all over again," he said.