The word is Derrick Rose has been busy crafting his game while he's been away.
Comcast Sports' Ric Bucher reported that a among his new abilities are; using his left hand on his trademark right-handed floater from 10 to 12 feet, a much smoother, higher-arching 3-pt shot, and a quick-release step-back mid-range jumper.
Bucher even suggested Rose has grown an inch, sprouting from 6-foot-3 to 6-foot-4. Hard to believe that a 24-year-old would just sprout up an inch, but stranger things have happened.
That's all fine and good but let's see it in real-time already.
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Rose took part in the Monday morning shoot-around, as well as going through his usual pre-game routine, but his 2012-13 season debut is still on hold with no timetable yet to report according to Chicago Sun-Times Bulls beat reporter Joe Cowley. Citing a team source. Cowely wrote:
"It's still all about Rose needing to feel that explosiveness in his game. When he declared last month that he needed to be "110 percent'' he wasn't kidding. He doesn't want to change the way he plays because of an injury, and when attacking the basket like he does is a standard he feels he has to meet, anything less won't do."
Rose didn't let not playing damper his holiday spirit, sporting his newly released St. Patrick's day themed Adidas 3.5's in the shoot-around before the Bulls heartbreaking 119-118 loss to the Denver Nuggets in OT at the United Center.
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So when will he be back?
I'm officially out of the running for the "When will Derrick return office pool," and it's still anybody's guess for when Chicago's star returns to the hardwood in an actual game.
Currently circling Saturday March 23rd on my calendar, the final game of this mini three-game homestand for the Bulls as the next most likely date for his return.
Not a rumor. Based on nothing more than everyone else knows.
Just a hunch.
As long he's not at risk to hurt himself anymore, let Rose go out there and do his thing. Yes, any team's odds (especially in the East) of dethroning the Heat are long, but again, if he's 100%, why not?
Let him go to work. Let's get behind him and see what he can do.
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