Roughly a year ago, Derrick Rose's television ad titled "The Return" made its debut.
The Adidas spot began with Rose's knee injury, then showed a disappointed city of Chicago coming back to life as he went through rehab. The commercial ended with Rose running out of the tunnel at the United Center, foreshadowing a triumphant return.
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Watching a year ago, most Bulls fans probably didn't imagine Rose's actual return happening at a preseason game against Detroit on Oct. 16, 2013. But that appears to be the reality.
Considering the ad surely heightened expectations that he would return last season and probably increased the disappointment when he didn't, any regrets?
"Not at all. I think it was a great commercial," Rose said Monday at the Berto Center. "I wouldn't take it back for anything. I tried my hardest to get back on the court. Every practice, I was really trying to push myself to get back on the floor as quick as possible. It just didn't happen last year. I have to worry about my health. That was the No. 1 issue.
"This year I hope that commercial comes true where I brighten everybody's day and everybody will be tuned in."
Noah back on track:
Joakim Noah has missed all three preseason games because of a groin strain. He's on pace to play Wednesday against Detroit, and coach Tom Thibodeau doesn't seem too concerned about Noah's status.
"The good thing is he's been able to practice," Thibodeau said. "It's not like he's way behind. But it's still important for him to get some preseason games under his belt so he gets used to playing with the starting unit and the starting unit gets used to playing with him. It'll be good to have him out there."
Rose knows dynasties:
Just before the Bulls left for Brazil, photos of Derrick Rose at his son's 1-year old birthday party made the rounds on the Internet. It was a costume party, and Rose dressed as one of the "Duck Dynasty" characters.
Rose admitted he's a fan of the reality show and picked out the costume himself.
"I didn't know those pictures were going to get out," he said with a laugh. "It was just something I was trying to experience with my son. When I got to the party, he was asleep. So I had to wake him up and he stayed up the rest of the party."