Derrick Rose may be cleared to resume basketball-related activities within a week.
According to Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg, the former NBA MVP may be able to join practice shortly thereafter.
The team is remaining hopeful Rose will be available for the Bulls’ opener against Cleveland on October 27. He underwent surgery October 1st to repair a fractured left orbital bone he sustained a day earlier after he was inadvertently hit by a teammate’s elbow to the face.
”Derrick, hopefully in another week, will be able to start getting active again, and then hopefully start practicing shortly thereafter,” Hoiberg said in an Associated Press report.
Rose was present at the United Center for the Bulls’ preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night, but likely wouldn’t be on the bench, according to Hoiberg.
”He’s still getting a little bit of blurred vision, so I feel it’s best for him to watch the game in the back,” stated Hoiberg. ”But I know he’s excited to be here and be with the guys in the locker room.”
In another interview, Hoiberg said he is still uncertain if Rose will wear a mask when he returns, a commonly used protective measure for players in such instances, but it’s a good bet to say he will, at least early on.
“If he likes it, he may want to keep it on for protection,” Hoiberg said. “But as long as that bone is healed, I’m sure that will be a decision the doctors and trainers make.”
The longer Rose is away from the team, the harder it’ll be for him to pick up the increased nuances of Hoiberg’s offensive system. The staff has visited Rose with game film in tow when he wasn’t able to have his eye exposed to sunlight to keep him abreast, but there’s nothing like actual game action to be able to read and react to given situations.
“It will help to get him out here running. Different guys learn different ways,” Hoiberg said. “I think it’s very important once we get him back to show him and be able to run it first-hand to get the timing right. But he’s able to pick it up quick. It’s a lot of the same things we were doing, just adding on different wrinkles and different options. From Derrick’s standpoint, the biggest thing is just getting out of the house. He was getting such cabin fever. The opportunity for him to get back in here is very important.”