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Bulls point guard Derrick Rose tweeted this picture his followers Tuesday along with message: 'Feels good be back gym.'

Bulls point guard Derrick Rose tweeted this picture to his followers on Tuesday along with the message: "Feels good to be back in the gym."

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Updated: September 17, 2012 1:10PM

“Feels good to be back in the gym.’’

It was one small tweet for Derrick Rose. And one giant step for the young superstar, Bulls fans hope.

Rose, who has been working out in Los Angeles, sent out a photo of himself shooting at the Berto Center on Tuesday night after returning from California.

Rose, who has kept a low profile since April 28, when he tore an anterior cruciate ligament at the end of the Bulls’ first playoff game, told recently that he was devastated when Brian Cole, the Bulls’ physician who would later do the surgery to repair Rose’s injured left knee, told him that his ACL was torn.

“I couldn’t believe it,’’ Rose said. “That’s the closest thing to death, where it just seemed like the wind and everything was taken out [of me].’’

The best-case scenario for Rose is a mid-January return, but he also could miss the entire season, Bulls chairman Jerry Reinsdorf said on WMVP (1000-AM) last week, adding that the team will not rush the return of its superstar.

“The doctors told us that it would be eight to 12 months from the time of the surgery,’’ Reinsdorf said. “The surgery was the middle of May, so that means the earliest possible time he would be back is the middle of January. If it swells, then he’ll miss the whole season. We just don’t know.’’

While encouraged by his progress, Rose recalled the nightmarish injury in his interview.

“I remember everything,’’ he said. “I remember jumping in the air and coming back down and just that popping sound. I felt it actually tear when I laid all the way out and it just let go.

“I didn’t have that much pain after that. In the beginning I did, but I didn’t want to yell or anything. When that happened, all I could think about was people just talking. You could hear the whole arena, people just whispering all around — one of the things, like, ‘Not again. Come on, man. First game back. We had the win’ — and I was just hoping [it was] nothing serious. Then we got to the hospital, got in the MRI machine, the whole time praying.’’

The prayers went unanswered. But Rose, praising the support of friends, family and the Bulls’ organization, is confident he’s on the road to recovery, even if the timetable is uncertain.

“I’m good,’’ he told “I’m doing fine, just trying to stay positive, keep everything normal. Coming out to L.A. and just seeing the scenery, just being out here makes me feel good, with my friends out here making me feel more like I’m at home. Just doing therapy out here, five days out of the week. It’s been hard, definitely been hard. But I’ve been all right.

“The injury could have been way worse. You’ve got some people that probably feel worse than I am, but I know I’m going to be all right. I believe in God, my spirits are up and I believe in myself, and I know I’m going to be back even stronger.’’

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