Found May 04, 2013 on NBA Injury News:
PLAYERS: Derrick Rose
TEAMS: Chicago Bulls
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The drama surrounding Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rosecontinues, as the latest report – courtesy of TNT – is that one of the things that continue to keep the All-Star off the court is a lack of muscle memory.TNT sideline reporter Rachel Nichols said that Rose told her off-camera a few days ago that while he wants to return to the court, he doesn’t have his muscle memory back."I was able to speak with Derrick off-camera a couple days ago, and he's telling me how badly he does want to be out there, but he says that he just doesn't have the muscle memory back, is the way he put it," sideline reporter Rachel Nichols said during the network's coverage of Game 6 of the Eastern Conference quarterfinals.Nichols added that Rose’s lack of muscle memory is impacting the way the guard’s knee feels and the way he shoots the ball. Until his body can react with him thinking about it, Rose doesn’t want to be on the court as he’s unsure of what might happen.Rose underwent surgery to repair his torn left anterior cruciate ligament last May. He was medically cleared to return earlier this year, and he’s been participating in 5-on-5 scrimmages since February. While he appears to be his former dominant self during these sessions, he’s still not comfortable returning to the court for actual games.It doesn’t appear that Rose will be back for tonight’s deciding Game 7, and it probably doesn’t make sense for him to be thrown into the fire for the Bulls’ second-round series, should they advance tonight.Follow @hoopsinjurynews
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