Derrick Rose's long-awaited return is just about complete.
The former MVP point guard was back wearing his familiar uniform No. 1, looking ready to lead the Chicago Bulls back to contention in the Eastern Conference after sitting out a season following knee surgery.
He said Friday at the team's media day he understands why fans were frustrated he didn't return last season, but he had to be careful.
''Of course, I would want my favorite player to be back out there,'' Rose said. ''At the same time, I have to be selfish with the idea. The thought of me injuring myself again, I don't want to put myself in that position. I just tried to stay far away from it and just think everything through and stay positive.''
One big concern for him was his ability to handle double teams, particularly in the playoffs. He never felt ready to face them.
His confidence is not an issue now, though. He has said he sees no reason why he can't dominate...