Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 9/23/13
Derrick Rose took time away from his first public appearance in Chicago in more than 2½ months to say that not only is he healthy but he can't contain his excitement for the start of the Chicago Bulls' preseason schedule. "I'm feeling good" Rose said Sunday following an event at the United Center to promote his latest basketball shoe. "Right now my legs are good. I'm just trying to stay positive and just keep my emotions from exploding knowing that the season is right around the corner." Rose said he is confident the Bulls will have a successful season but first there is a matter of getting back into a flow with his old teammates. Mentioning Luol Deng Joakim Noah Carlos Boozer and Jimmy Butler by name Rose said he was impressed with last year's team. "It's so many players that played hard last year just trying to get to the playoffs and just trying to prove people wrong and for me to come back who knows when I'm going to get my rhythm?" Rose said. "It might take one game it might take five games 10 games who knows?" Rose said he doesn't expect his teammates to lean on him heavily in the early goings. "I'm just trying to fit in with them do my job where my job is to come in and run the game and get them open shots and play aggressive" Rose said. "So I think if the guys on the team know that and me knowing that too I think it's going to be a smooth year and a smooth process." Rose has been a divisive figure during the past year and especially in the last six months after missing the 2012-13 season following knee surgery. Disappointment arose from a large segment of the Bulls' fan base after Rose elected not to return especially since he was cleared to play late in the season by team doctors. "It really didn't faze me" Rose said of the criticism. "You hear stuff. If you're weak-minded of course it's going to bother you. But I know that with me through all the criticism it feels good that I made it this far and achieving everything that I've achieved so far. "They said I couldn't shoot they said so many things about me and here I am where I've got my own signature shoe coming and I'm having this big buzz. For me seeing this success and just knowing that I could care less about what people say about me that's what keeps [it] at bay." Sunday's event was attended by a crowd estimated at 4000 mostly teenagers who roared their approval for the former league MVP. "I haven't been here in like two or 2½ months or something like that coming back from traveling" Rose said. "I probably took two days off just working out just being in the house hanging out with my son. My son and family are here and my fans are here the die-hard fans are here so it's awesome being here."
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