Originally posted on Larry Brown Sports  |  Last updated 10/25/12

No one really knows what to expect from Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose when he eventually returns after rehabbing his surgically repaired ACL. Rose could be out until February or beyond, meaning the Bulls will have to start the season the same way they ended their last one — without their best player. When he does eventually return, you have to wonder if Rose will be the same dominant force he was pre-injury. Kevin Durant doesn’t envision it being a problem. “I know he’s going to get back stronger and better,” Durant said Tuesday night according to The Oklahoman. “I’ve been praying for him, of course. And I’ve been watching the (workout) videos online, so I’m sure he’s going to have a really, really nice comeback here for the Bulls and be at full strength. “I think he’ll be better. With all that weight training he’s doing, strengthening his body and his core, he’s doing everything he needs to do.” Rose is only 24 years old and is the future of the Bulls, so the team would gain nothing from rushing him back. We know the injury has been incredibly hard on Rose, as was evident when he compared it to being close to dying over the summer. If anyone can come back stronger than ever from such an injury, Rose would be the guy to do it. Here’s hoping Durant’s prediction is right for the sake of the NBA.

This article first appeared on Larry Brown Sports and was syndicated with permission.

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