Derrick Rose has played just 10 games with his Bulls teammates the last two seasons. After suffering another knee injury that has knocked him out for a second straight season, D. Rose is back on the sidelines, but still serving as a source of inspiration in the locker room.
"He’s working really hard. He’s always around the team, being a great leader, showing support to his teammates. Just watching him work every day is extra motivation for us to go harder," said Joakim Noah.
As he did much of last season, Rose is shooting jump shots before games, but isn’t at the point where he can practice, although he is able to run on a treadmill, run with a resistance harness and do pool work.
But his aggressive attitude towards rehab and working as hard as he can to prove he has a lot of years left in him, doesn’t go unnoticed by the rest of the Bulls players.
"He’s in the gym non-stop, just working on his body getting better," Noah said. "That’s what it’s all about. He’s a big part of this team. He has that mentality of having no regrets. Just give it everything you have. If you can go, you can go. If you can’t, you did everything you could to make it."