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December 6, 2013

Rose not ruling out return this season

CHICAGO (AP) — Derrick Rose isn’t wavering.

He still sees himself as a star, a cornerstone player, despite another major knee injury that brought his long-awaited return to a screeching halt. So he wasn’t quite sure what to make of the idea.

In fact, he’s not quite ruling out a return this season.

The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed — even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.

Rose tore the medial meniscus in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22.

“If I’m healthy and the situation is right, I will be back playing,” Rose said Thursday when asked if he might return for the playoffs. “If I’m healthy and my meniscus is fully healed, of course I’ll be out there playing. But if it’s something totally different and the outcome is not how I would want it to be, there’s no need.”

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