“He has been working hard and getting a lot of shots up every day,” Reggie said. “Most of all, he is getting his mind ready, getting comfortable with his body. I think (his mind) is probably at a good 90 percent now.”
When asked if it needs to be 100 percent to return, Rose replied: “His 100 percent might not be your 100 percent. It’s hard. But the Bulls organization has basically told him: We support you. When you are ready, we will welcome you with open arms.”
Like coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose has not ruled out his brother returning for a potential series with the Heat.
“I think anything is possible,” he said.
Rose said that when his brother does come back, “the game will come to him a little easier. It will be slower. You can learn from watching the game. And he’s learning from Coach Thibs, so he can see what Coach Thibs needs on certain plays.”
Lucas wishes people would stop pressuring Rose to return and said that when he does, “he will come back bigger, faster, stronger, more explosive and more athletic. People don’t understand how hungry he will be.”
Rose has taken a lot of criticism for not coming back although he’s been medically cleared to play since March. The Bulls however have still been playing very hard and will most likely face the Miami Heat in the second round. With or without Rose it’ll be an interesting matchup considering the Bulls ended the Heat’s 27-game win streak and always play them tough. Still it would make things very interesting should Rose return but the question is how effective will he be is does?
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