Derrick Rose largely stayed silent amid heavy criticism for sitting out the entire 2012-13 season. Now he's answering those critics, saying he had to be selfish with his rehab and is still going through stages of recovery nearly 14 months after ACL surgery.
In an interview with Bulls TV posted on the team's website Wednesday, the Chicago Bulls star point guard said missing the season was "one of the hardest things I've had to go through in my life. After surgery, when you start running, when you have an injury like this, there [are] stages you have to go through. I'm still going through my stages. I'm not done yet, but I think this is the most I've ever worked on my craft and the most focused I've ever been in my NBA career.
"I'm not a selfish guy at all, but having this injury and going through what I had to go through and being smart, it's something that I had to be selfish with. I couldn't worry about anyone else but myself and my health."
Rose, who injured his left knee in th...