The Chicago Bulls star has been cleared to play since March, but drew some criticism for not returning to play — all part of his plan.
“I’ve been preparing for this for a long time,” Rose said. “[The practice Monday was] probably big to everyone else because they probably haven’t seen me, but I dedicated my whole summer for this moment. No one has seen me in a long time. It’s kind of weird. People are kind of like in awe to even see me going down the floor, like I’m handicapped or something…This is only the beginning of a long journey, a long grind.”