Pat Riley: Derrick Rose will be 'as good as ever' when returns

Pat Riley: Derrick Rose will be 'as good as ever' when returns
December 13, 2013, 6:15 pm
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By Charlie Roumeliotis

Many NBA players and analysts expressed their support to Derrick Rose on Twitter after he the second season-ending knee surgery of his career.

Miami Heat president Pat Riley called the Chicago Bulls point guard's injury "tragic."

"It's tragic from the standpoint of where he was heading and had already achieved as an MVP," Riley said during an interview with ESPN's Vaughn McClure. "And all of us in this league said this guy is on his way to becoming the best maybe of all-time. So he's been short-circuited with two major injuries the last two years. And it will make him stronger. He will come back."

Rose bounced back from his ACL injury averaging 15.9 points per game and 4.3 assists per game in 10 appearances for the Bulls this season before injuring his knee against Portland on Nov. 23. But Riley believes Rose will return to MVP form.

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"I think Derrick will overcome this," Riley said. "It's really tragic. It really is: for him, for the game and for competition and what the game is all about. This is something that is difficult for anybody to watch who respects hard work and talent and character. He's a high-character kid. From that standpoint, I think he's going to overcome this thing."

Riley recognized Rose's improvement post-ACL injury, and Riley believes the same will happen when he returns from his meniscus tear injury.

"Prior to this last injury, you could see he had pretty much come all the way back," Riley said. "He was quick. He was explosive. His timing and shooting wasn't there yet. But, to me, this is a temporary setback. And I think he'll be as good as ever."