Bulls star Rose delighted with progress

Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose admits he is “very surprised” by how strong his knee feels after a lengthy absence (Chicago Bulls 12/1 – NBA Championship Outright).

Rose injured his knee at the end of the 2011-12 NBA season in a play-off game with the Philadelphia 76ers and missed the entirety of the last campaign as a result.

The 25-year-old has now recovered from the anterior cruciate ligament injury and has been involved in the Bulls’ pre-season, and Rose hopes his injury problems are now behind him.

“I’m very surprised.” Rose is quoted as saying by the Chicago Sun Times, “Having the opportunity to go out and see how it is.

“I’m just trying to knock the rust off. Of course, I’m going to be a little rusty because I missed so many days, missed so many games, but I’m happy we have this many pre-season games because it gives me the opportunity to go out there and really try things along the way.”

Chicago are a much stronger team with Rose fit and on the court but the Bulls still enjoyed a reasonably successful campaign last term without their star man as they reached the Eastern Conference semi-finals, where they were beaten by eventual champions the Miami Heat.

The Heat are the 2/1 favourites to win the NBA Championship Outright and secure an historic ‘three-peat’, having landed the top prize in 2012 and 2013, while Los Angeles pair the Clippers and Lakers are 12/1 and 25/1 respectively.

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