Rose hoping to play on Friday

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has hinted that he may play in his side's pre-season finale against the Dallas Mavericks on Friday. 

Rose, who has been recovering from a fractured left orbital, took part in his first practice session since suffering the injury on September 29 on Thursday. 

While the swelling has been decreasing, Rose admitted that he is still suffering from double vision. 

"Every day I'm improving," Rose told reporters. "The eye itself, the swelling is going down. Been practicing pretty hard and if everything is all right (Friday), I'm going to play a little bit. Right now, I see two of you."

Rose is also hoping that he will be fit enough to represent the Bulls in their season opener against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday. However, should he not feel ready prior to the game, Rose has made it clear that he will sit out as he doesn't want to run the risk of aggravating the injury. 

"As long as I'm out there and moving around, I'm not worried about attacking or being aggressive," Rose said. "That's going to come. I just need to be out there.

"For anybody, opening night is opening night. It's your showcase to show everybody what you've been doing the entire summer. It's a big night. But at the same time, if I feel I can't go, there's no point in rushing it or pushing myself."

Comments