Derrick Rose Injury News Update: Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook Both Pulling For Injured Bulls, Think He'll Be The 'Same Old DRose' [VIDEO]
on Dec 20, 2013 02:29 PM EST
Oklahoma City star forward Kevin Durant is convinced the Bulls' Derrick Rose will bounce back from his second major knee injury to return to his former MVP form.
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"No doubt," Durant told ESPN of Rose's return after the Thunder knocked off the visiting Bulls 107-95 Thursday night. "He's 25 years old, and with the trainers and the rehab and all the people that you have now as far as injuries that's helping, you only can get better. Especially mixed with his work ethic and his drive -- that's somebody that's going to come back at full strength. The league is much better when Derrick Rose is playing, so hopefully he gets back here soon and he gets that knee to full strength."
Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who suffered an injury similar to Rose's most recent torn meniscus during last years playoffs, said he has recently spoken to Rose on several occasions about the best way to rebound from the setback.
"Just take his time," Westbrook told ESPN of the advice he offered. "We talked about it. He was in good spirits. It's unfortunate, but he'll be back to normal D-Rose. It's tough. Not too many people can go through what Derrick went through of having one injury and then having another one right after it. I'm going to stay in touch with him and make sure he keeps his spirits up."