Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose said Wednesday he is "feeling better" after tearing his anterior cruciate ligament during Game 1 of the NBA playoffs over the weekend.
Rose was seen walking with a full-length black knee brace over his grey sweatpants at the Berto Center on Wednesday.
Bulls Vice President of Basketball Operations John Paxson said no date has been set for surgery, but Rose will not be making the trip to Philadelphia for Games 3 and 4 against the 76ers. Flying is out of the question because the leg has to stay in a certain position.
That explains why Rose chose to sit in a suite with his family and not on the bench during Tuesday's game. There would have been too many temptations to jump up and react.
Rose said having to walk off the court after presenting the ceremonial game ball was a tough thing to do.
"Yeah, walking off that court..." he said, his words trailing as he got into his waiting Porsche. He wasn't the driver. It's clear he's coming to grips with the realization that there are some things that will just have to wait.