Derrick Rose may be cleared to begin activity within a week, and be able to practice shortly thereafter, Chicago Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said Monday. The Bulls haven’t ruled Rose out for the opening game of the regular season against Cleveland Oct. 27. He had surgery Sept. 30 on a fractured left orbital bone suffered in practice a day earlier. “Derrick, hopefully in another week, will be able to start getting active again, and then hopefully start practicing shortly thereafter,” Hoiberg said. Rose was at the United Center for the Bulls’ preseason game against the New Orleans Pelicans Monday night, but likely wouldn’t be on the bench, Hoiberg said. “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,” Hoiberg said. “But I know he’s excited to be here and be with the guys in the locker room.”
KC Johnson: Rose didn't have formal session w/ reporters but said he's feeling better and fitted for mask tomorrow as he walked through locker room. Rose's eye is still swollen.
“We’ve added probably three sets, three actions, from when Derrick was here that first day [last Tuesday],’’ Hoiberg said. “You know, he was great. He was in great spirits, a great mood. He’s itching to get back here. He’s got a follow-up appointment [this afternoon], and then hopefully he’ll be able to get out of his house a little bit Wednesday. Then he’s got another full week where he’s got total inactivity. “His eye is swollen shut, as far as his appearance, but again he’s moving around, he’s great. He just can’t do anything right now to get his blood pressure up, but it was great to see him. We also sent him the file of everything we’ve got going. After the [preseason] game tonight, we’ll have another session with him before we head out of town.’’
Derrick Rose is expected to rejoin the Bulls on Wednesday as he continues to recover from a fractured left orbital, according to Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg. "Follow up [exam] went very well," Hoiberg said after Saturday's practice. "They've advised him to continue to let that sight heal and they think the best way to do that is for him to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back Wednesday morning."
KC Johnson: Rose has a follow-up exam on Friday. Will stay away from team until at least then because of sensitivity to light.
What exactly is an orbital fracture? “It obviously means downtime for Derrick Rose. He’s going to be in a fair amount of pain until he has the surgery,” said Dr. Barry Boden, orthopaedic surgeon with The Centers for Advanced Orthopaedics – The Orthopaedic Center Division, noting that he had not personally seen Rose or his injury. “There’s going to be some post-operative pain. It is a treatable injury … It sounds like he’s going to be having surgery to repair the bone and that way you can stabilize it, you can also rehabilitate it faster.”
Rose likely will have to wear a face mask upon his return. History suggests one of the big hurdles in recovery is avoiding another hit in the face. But wearing such a protective mask is almost routine these days in the NBA after facial injuries. Former Bull Richard Hamilton basically adopted the mask for the remainder of his career after breaking his nose in the 2003-04 season. Among players who have worn masks to protect facial injuries in recent seasons are LeBron James, Chris Paul, Russell Westbrook, Kobe Bryant, Kyrie Irving, Jason Terry and Joe Johnson.
December 4, 2021 | 8:41 pm EST Update
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