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Derrick Rose ready to play after 526 days off

Updated: October 4, 2013 2:58PM

Derrick Rose’s birthday plans involved a flight to Indianapolis, a team dinner and then sleep.

“Nothing exciting, man, I live a boring life,’’ Rose said on Friday, following the Bulls practice on his 25th birthday.

Call it the calm before the storm.

Because on Saturday, the eyes of the basketball world will shift onto Rose, who last played in an NBA game 526 days ago.

“It’s going to be exciting, man, but at the same time just take it as a regular game and try and go out there and win,’’ Rose said of the preseason game against Indiana. “But for us it’s our time to tune things up. Get our offense going, moving the ball, and defensively I think we’re great.’’

And for Rose, who was sidelined all of last season with a surgically-repaired torn left anterior cruciate ligament, there was not one ounce of nervousness leading up to returning to the court.

“No, not at all,’’ Rose said. “Like I said, I prepared myself for this. This is the biggest stage that I’ll probably play on in my whole career, so you think I’m going to come out here and be unprepared for that? I have to be prepared just knowing that I want to leave a great legacy.’’

While coach Tom Thibodeau said that the decision on Rose’s minutes in the opener were still undecided, he did announce that Joakim Noah (groin) would miss the game with the Pacers.

That doesn’t mean that Noah will miss the event Rose’s return to the court plans to be.

“I wish I was playing with him but I know it’s really exciting,’’ Noah said. “The guy put in a lot of work and this is it. You get to play against one of our rivals. I know it’s preseason. It’s exciting.’’


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