Derrick Rose's day-to-day status toward the later part of last season kept fans anxiously awaiting the former MVP's return to the lineup, but it appears the waiting game will be over when the 2013-'14 season begins.
While at an Adidas camp in Spain this past weekend, Rose deemed himself "100 percent" healthy and said he will play in the Bulls' first regular-season game, according to a tweet from HoopsHype.
Derrick Rose says he's 100 percent and will play the first game of the season.— HoopsHype (@hoopshype) July 15, 2013
The actual news isn't all that shocking -- by the time the regular season begins Rose will have been 18 months removed from surgery on his torn ACL -- but it's still a relief for Bulls fans to hear that the face of the franchise is finally mentally ready to get back on the court. Here is HoopsHype's story with full quotes from Rose saying he's ready to return and will "definitely" play in the opener.
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The Bulls' offseason was a quiet one due to strict financial limits, but it also revolved around the given prospect of having Rose back when the season began. Nate Robinson is almost certainly gone, while Kirk Hinrich is under contract for this season and sophomore Marquis Teague is looking to improve in the Las Vegas Summer League.
Rose's decision not to return to the lineup despite being cleared by doctors was criticized by some, but with all that in the rear-view mirror the 24-year-old superstar is ready to get back to his old ways as the Bulls look to dethrone LeBron James and the back-to-back defending-champion Miami Heat.