According to Hoiberg, Rose was in fact fitted for a mask on Tuesday, despite the swelling around his eye after September 30 surgery to fix a fractured orbital, but there were “still a few issues with his vision”.
The Bulls are anticipating Rose to be cleared for a few activities, such as running within the next week, however there is still uncertainty on whether or not he will be making a preseason return at all.
The Bulls, who are 2-2 in four preseason games, still have four games left before the 2015-16 National Basketball Association regular-season begins – against Detroit Pistons on Wednesday, Charlotte Hornets on October. 19, Indiana Pacers on Oct. 20 and Dallas Mavericks on October. 23.
Chicago Bulls Star Point Guard Derrick Rose could be cleared for activity within a week and could resume practice after, said Bulls Head Coach Fred Hoiberg. “But he’s able to pick it up quick”, Hoiberg said.
No stranger to injury, Rose tore his left anterior cruciate ligament in the first round of the playoffs in 2012 and was forced to miss the entire 2012-13 season. “So again, we will take a cautious approach with it, but if he’s ready, he feels good and our trainers and doctors feel good, then we’ll throw him out there”. Hoiberg is clearly placing a premium on open shooters, which is what will help Derrick adjust quickly to the fresh system.
Hoiberg is quite sure that Rose will likely miss all four games. So he’s probably still at least a week away from that happening; From wheres he able to get out there and work up a sweat and then hopefully he’s full-go from there and we can get him back into a few contact drills. I think it’s very important once we get him back to show him and be able to run (the offense) first-hand to get the timing right. The starting lineup for the Bulls vs. Pelicans game will be Kirk Hinrich, Jimmy Butler, Tony Snell, Nikola Mirtic, and Pau Gasol. But he will get better with more minutes under his belt.
“It’s a long season, 82 games and hopefully playoffs”.
The Bulls coach also said Derrick being out of the house and joining the team was essential: “He was getting such cabin fever”.