Derrick Rose has been advised by doctors to stay away from outdoor light for a few more days while his eye heals more, Bulls coach Fred Hoiberg said at Saturday’s practice.
It’s unlikely he’ll be in the building for the Bulls’ preseason opener against the Milwaukee Bucks Tuesday night at the United Center, but Hoiberg was optimistic about Rose re-joining the team in some capacity Wednesday.
Rose caught an elbow to the eye on an early drive on the first day of training camp and underwent surgery the next day.
“Follow-up went very well,” Hoiberg said. “They’ve advised him to continue to let that sight heal, and they think the best way for him to do that is to stay at home at this time. We plan on him being back on Wednesday morning.”
Although it may sound like a somewhat dire situation— and many have already engaged in eye-rolling when it comes to Rose given his injury history — it’s important to keep in mind he suffered the injury Tuesday and the overall timeline hasn’t changed since his surgery on Wednesday.
“No, it doesn’t change the two weeks. Everything is the same on that,” Hoiberg said. “And then after those two weeks he should be able to resume full activity. It’s just that these two weeks he’ll be very inactive.”
There is still very much the expectation that he’ll get enough work in once he’s cleared to be available for the season opener against Cleveland on Oct. 27, when the games really matter.
“They don’t want him really doing much of anything except walking back and forth, getting a lot of rest, and not doing anything where he could dilate his blood vessels. It’s just kind of what we heard.”
The Bulls coaching staff will take a trip to see Rose, to watch film with him and go over some new concepts since he can’t physically be in the building to observe.
“Like we talked about [Friday], we’ve added new sets, new things, so we’ll get him caught up by a couple of coaches going over and seeing him at his house,” Hoiberg said.
Backup guard Kirk Hinrich said once Rose returns to play, it shouldn’t be a complicated system to figure out.
“Yeah, no question. With a guy like Derrick, it's a perfect system for him,” Hinrich said. “Get stops, push the ball up and make basketball plays. He's as good as anybody at that.”