Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose joined his teammates on the bench Sunday night during their game against the Indiana Pacers. That was the first time Rose sat with his team since tearing his ACL in his left knee in the first game of the Eastern Conference playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers last April.
Rose was dressed in a light blue blazer, white shirt and gray slacks, and started the game seated between assistant coach Ed Pinckney and rookie guard Marquis Teague. Despite his team losing 97-92 loss to the Pacers, Rose appeared overjoyed to join his teammates back on the court.
His team enjoyed having him courtside as well.
“It was great,” Joakim Noah said. “It was great. I know that it’s tough for him to be on the bench because he wants to play, but it feels good to have him out there. It’s really good to have him on the bench and being a part of it.”
Jimmy Butler agreed.
“It was great because he sees things that a lot of guys don’t see — being a point guard and being there watching the game.” Butler said. “It definitely helps to have him in your ear, have him on your side and pushing because he’s still giving his energy and his say-so from the sideline.”
Rose is still rehabbing his knee injury and his return this season is questionable.