HOUSTON, Texas --- Luol Deng worries about Derrick Rose being misunderstood. The Bulls forward used his platform at All-Star Weekend to make sure his teammate's message is clear.
When Rose said earlier this week he wouldn't mind not coming back this season it wasn't because he doesn't want to return as soon as possible. Deng said Rose is doing everything he can to get his surgically repaired knee into playing shape as soon as possible.
"I want fans to understand that this guy wants to play more than anyone," Deng said. "He wants to play more than you and he wants to play more than the fans. He's working hard. He's in the gym before everyone. When everyone is leaving he's still taking care of his knee. He really wants to come back and be better than he was."
When or if Rose returns this season will be the dominant theme of the second half for the Bulls. When he does make the decision, Deng said it won't be only with himself in mind.
"Because of what he has done and the kind of person he is, people have to trust the decisions he makes," Deng continued. "He's going to make the best decision for him and the best decision for the team."