After missing three consecutive games with a right ankle injury that also caused soreness in his foot and tendons, Derrick Rose intends to return to the Bulls lineup for Saturday evenings game against the Mavericks.
Im moving a lot better right now. Hopefully, I should be able to go. See how it feels after I ice it a little bit, said the All-Star point guard. It felt all right. It feels like a regular ankle sprain now. My tendons arent sore like they were previous days.
Rose downplayed reports that taping his ankles aggravated his injury, attributing it more to his style of play, though he did acknowledge the injury was odd.
Just playing again, getting my minutes back over time, playing the way I play, I think that has something to do with it more than the tape, he explained. When I was younger, I used to get ankle sprains. Id think nothing about fluid or anything, I just thought it was sore. Ever since I got to the league, things changed.
"If I do choose to play, its really not up to me how long Im going to play. Its Thibs; hes been doing a great job measuring my minutes, he continued. Its important, just to get my rhythm back. But my team is playing all right. Im just trying to fit in, still be a past of this team and do whatever it takes to win.
Prior to Rose speaking with the media, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose would be a game-time decision.
Rose also talked about having to sit out the Bulls loss Thursday in Miami.
Definitely hard playing against a team, knowing our background with that team, he said. Hopefully in the future, we should meet each other.