Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose participated fully in non-contact practice with a mask on Thursday, but Rose still isn’t sure if he’ll be ready to play in the Bulls’ regular-season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Oct. 27, according to K.C. Johnson of the Chicago Tribune.
Rose still hasn’t been cleared for contact and his swollen eye is still suffering from double vision, but he’s anxious to get back on the court and play in Fred Hoiberg’s new offense after undergoing surgery to repair a fractured orbital bone:
“Every day, it’s improving. It could be quick. Who knows? It’s no timetable. It’s whenever I can go play,” Rose said after his first workout with his new mask. “I want to play. I’m anxious to play. I’m getting jittery just watching the freedom we have playing. … If I’m willing to go and I know there’s nothing in my way, I’ll play (the opener.)”
Rose admitted it was a Taj Gibson elbow that caused the injury, and the 2011 MVP said he’s still getting used to the mask. He decided to choose one similar to what Russell Westbrook wore last season, and Rose even said that if he gets comfortable wearing it and plays well, he could pull a Richard Hamilton and wear it for the rest of his career.