Derrick Rose plans to be extra careful when it comes to his recovery from a torn ACL.
Rose, who has not played since his injury April 28, spoke with USA Today in his first extensive interview of the season. Rose has declined interview requests for the past several months, leaving his Adidas ad campaign as the main source of information on his recovery.
Although Rose has returned to practice and takes part in extensive shooting drills before games, the Bulls have not specified a date for his return.
Neither has Rose.
"I don't have a set date," Rose told USA Today. "I'm not coming back until I'm 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready."
Rose then was asked how close he was to "110 percent."
"Right now, probably in the high 80s," he said. "Far away. Far away."
At 30-21, the Bulls entered Tuesday with the fourth-best record in the Eastern Conference. Thirty-one games remain in the regular season.
Nate Robinson is making it easier for Bulls fans to wait for Derrick Rose's return.
On Monday, Robinson was named as the NBA's Eastern Conference player of the week. The 5-foot-9, 180-pound point guard averaged 17.8 points and 6.8 assists as the Bulls won three out of four games to improve to 29-18 this season.
Robinson beat out some tough (and tall) competition including LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Brook Lopez of the Brooklyn Nets and Tyson Chandler of the New York Knicks.
Meanwhile, Golden State Warriors power forward David Lee was named as the Western Conference player of the week.
The Bulls will return to action Monday night when they visit the Indiana Pacers (28-19).
After a pair of internships at The Sporting News and The Denver Post, Tom started at the Northwest Herald in June 2003. He has won many important awards, mostly in the field of thermonuclear medicine. He is always happy to talk about sports.