Rose said he’s stronger from lifting weights and working out, and believes he will return “a better player.” There still are some mental and physical hurdles to clear.
“It’s still about the same where you warm up a little bit, it’s loose,” Rose said. “Then, the activity picks up and it gets back sore. Just fighting through that.”
Rose wouldn’t put a percentage on where he’s at physically, but he did say he’s “very comfortable” during five-on-five drills.
“Sometimes, you kind of think a little bit while you’re out there,” he said. “That’s when I know I’ll be ready to play, when I’m out there not thinking but reacting.”