The WIzards will head outside the U.S. and all the way to Brazil for their second preseason game on October 12 against the Bulls. While many eyes will focus on John Wall and Brazilian big man Nene, most of the NBA world will be watching every step of the game's other starting point guard: Chicago's Derrick Rose.
It's been nearly 17 months since the 2011 NBA Most Valuable Player suffered a torn ACL, an injury that kept Rose sidelined for the entire 2012-13 season. It's possible you heard about that once or a thousand times last season. In a few weeks, the return officially begins.
Rose provided an update on his knee during a promotional tour overseas.
"I think I am a 100 percent," Rose said. "I'm doing almost everything. I'm squatting, running, lifting almost every other day, just being back on the court after you have an ACL injury, you're kind of hesitant at first about how you step, what way you should step, learning how to run, accelerate, accelerate while you run and while you're slowing down. For me, I'm reacting right now where all I have to think about is if I have to get to a spot, I'm going to get there no matter what. It kind of feels good having that feeling again."
In what is one of the more anticipated games on the Wizards' schedule, Rose and Wall will meet for the first time this season in Washington on January 13.
For now, you can watch the entire Rose interview on CSNchicago.com.