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Derrick Rose ‘still going through my stages’

Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

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Updated: July 4, 2013 7:26AM

Derrick Rose spoke about his knee rehabilitation from ACL surgery for the first time since the end of the Bulls’ season.

In an interview posted to the team’s website on Wednesday morning, Rose addressed the non-comeback, his mindset and his rehab status.

“It was hard, one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to go through in my life,” Rose told “After surgery when you start running [and] when you have an injury like this, there are stages you have to go through. I’m still going through my stages. I’m not done yet. This is the most I ever worked on my craft and most focused I’ve ever been in my NBA career.”

While Rose didn’t get into the specifics of those stages, what continued to be underplayed throughout the entire ACL saga was the fact that as late as the playoff series with Brooklyn, Rose admittedly was still feeling what he described as “soreness’’ in the knee when he would initially step on the court to warm-up.

He said that with a month left in the regular season, and reiterated that fact in the Nets postseason series.

And to his point about “still going through my stages,’’ until he steps on the court against NBA-caliber talent focused on stopping his every move rather than being in awe of him in a practice-like environment, no one will have a full grasp of what he’s still capable of doing.

That is the final stage, and one that won’t be reached until the fall.

According to one Bulls source, there are no formal summer league games or even pick-up games that Rose is scheduled to participate in, besides playing with teammates or whichever games he wants to jump in during his workouts.

But Rose already said that he doesn’t play many pick-up games in the summer, and that wasn’t going to change just because of the injury.

As to his mindset about the comeback:

“I’m not a selfish guy at all,” Rose said in the video. “But having this injury and knowing what I had to go through and being smart, this is something I had to be selfish with. I couldn’t worry about anyone else but myself and my health.”

On working toward the return:

“Every day I was working out like my leg is going to feel better,” Rose said during the interview. “I was pushing myself every day, eating right, just trying to take care of my body, so I could be out there as soon as possible. It didn’t happen.”

Throughout the interview, Rose gives no timetable for his return, nor does he commit to returning next season.

He was asked about his goal for the 20013-14 season, however, and responded with, “There’s only one goal and that’s to win a championship.’’

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