Updated 08:53 AM EST, Fri, Jan 21, 2022

Derrick Rose NBA Return: Bulls' Star Back to His 'Old Ways'? Here’s Why

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When Chicago Bulls' point guard Derrick Rose made his return on the court on Wednesday, he proved to the entire world that he still has the balling skills despite missing 20 games after his injury.

After returning from a successful surgery of his torn right meniscus, USA Today said that Rose was able to start his comeback right as he was picked to be part of the starting lineup of the team.

It added that the point guard was able to make seven points, one rebound and one assist during the 13 minutes he played for the first half of the game. Then, he was back to his old self, demonstrating well-known tricks attributed to him.

"He kicked it into fifth gear on transition and went up, over, around, and through two Orlando defenders for an acrobatic layup," USA Today added.

Sports Illustrated noted that he finished with nine points on a 3-of-9 shooting with his team losing to the Orlando Magic 105-103.

A great return

ESPN said that it was a feel-good moment for Rose coming back to play and recovering from his injury.

"I'm just happy to be playing. It's not one thing. The shots I put up, I felt they were good shots, hard shots, and I'm more concerned with us losing more than anything," he told ESPN.

Rose also noted that he did not feel any pain or discomfort on his once-injured knee which was repaired through surgery.

"I felt good. I didn't feel any discomfort at all, so that's a good sign. Now I have to see how tomorrow is," he added.

Assessing Rose's performance during the game, Bulls' head coach Tom Thibodeau said the first quarter was very good.

"I thought he got a little winded, [that's] to be expected, but it gives us a baseline and we can go from there. ... I think he's been out a long time so he's got to get that rhythm. I think the more he plays, the better it will be," the coach added.

Thibodeau earlier said that Rose will only play for about 20 minutes and they followed the plan with the point guard resting during the rest of the fourth quarter. Rose, however, admitted that it was hard for him seeing the opponent leading in score eventually beating his team.

"Very hard, but at the same time it's all about patience. I know that I'm going to have my time. Right now, while I'm not playing, I'm trying to learn a little bit more, see what's open and seeing how they're playing everybody. The only thing I can do is sit back, watch, and learn,'' Rose told ESPN.

The player said he hopes that he will be able to participate on Thursday's game against the Miami Heat at the AmericanAirlines Arena in Miami, Florida.

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