DEERFIELD, Ill. — Everybody, Chicago Bulls general manager Gar Forman says, wants to know when All-Star point guard Derrick Rose will return. "We would like to know the exact date," Forman says.
The return date remains a mystery to Rose, who hasn't played a game since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last April in the opener of the 2012 NBA playoffs.
"I'm not coming back until I'm 110%," he says. "Who knows when that can be?"
It tugs on Rose, who revealed his emotions in a wide-ranging interview with USA TODAY Sports, his first since the season began. As it concluded, the new father said, "It's great (to) get that off my chest."
What helped Rose in his rehab was another life-changing event, the birth of Derrick Rose Jr. last Oct. 9. The son also goes by Pooh, Rose's lifelong nickname. Pooh Jr. They call him P.J.
"It's great. Everything else doesn't matter. He's first," Rose said.