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Derrick Rose in Doubt for Season Opener

The Chicago Bulls former MVP Derrick Rose is in doubt for the season opener, per K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribunewho quotes Fred Hoiberg:

“They still want him to be a little bit careful just with the swelling, make sure that his vision is back to where it’s supposed to be, to where it was before he got hit, before they want him to get anything going on with his blood pressure spiking is how I understand it,” coach Fred Hoiberg said following Tuesday’s practice.

Rose, who made it to the conclusion of last season for the first time in three years, spent the offseason working out and improving. But during the first practice of training camp, got nailed with a Taj Gibson elbow and suffered an orbital fracture in his right eye. It’s just going to take a bit of time to recover. And, it doesn’t sound like a long-term setback as Hoiberg explains:

So he’s probably at least a week away from that happening to where he’s able to get out and work up a sweat, and then hopefully it’s full go from there to where we can get him out into some contact drills, get him back out there running our offense, and hopefully get him ready to play. So I think it’s still yet to be determined if we’re going to have him for the opener. But the good news is he’s progressing, he’s getting better. His vision is getting better, and hopefully we’ll get him back soon.

Note that he hasn’t been ruled out for the opener officially. There’s still a chance he plays, but it does seem unlikely. It’s also worth mentioning (weirdly enough) that there is no correlation between orbital fractures and torn knee ligaments. Rose has experienced plenty of bad luck the last few years, and this just seems to be another episode of that.  But, at least this time, it doesn’t appear he’ll miss prolonged regular season time, even with the latest bit of bad news.

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