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Noah feels like Rose will return this year

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DRoseie.jpgBOSTON - Joakim Noah isn't a doctor and doesn't pretend to know more than the team physcians, but when the Bulls center was asked during the Wednesday shootaround if he thinks Derrick Rose could actually sit out the rest of the season because of the anterior cruciate ligament he tore in his left knee last April, Noah didn't hesitate to respond.
"Nope,'' Noah said very matter-of-factly. "I think he'll be back when he's ready, whenever that is.''
In Noah's opinion, "whenever that is,'' is still during this season at some point.
Luol Deng took a little more of a political approach to it, especially considering Deng felt the pressure to return from a right tibia injury back in the 2008-09 season that was first diagnosed as a bruise but was later discovered to be a stress fracture.
"You just got to let him decide,'' Deng said of Rose. "He knows his body better than anybody. I think everyone wants to see him back, and sometimes when you do that you've got to think of the positive and the negative - where we're at as a team, how he's feeling. For me, and someone who has been through injuries - not an ACL but my tibia - you've got to really make a decision for yourself and how you feel. Not how everyone else is pressuring you and what everyone is saying.''
Rose spoke to USA Today earlier this week, and in the article said, "I'm not coming back until I'm 100 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready.''
As far as talking to the local Chicago media on Wednesday about his status, that request was still a no.

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