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Derrick Rose Return: See Footage Of Rose Dunking Off Left Foot; Return Near? (VIDEO)

By Staff Reporter, Posted: 04/09/13 03:01PM EDT

When Derrick Rose tore his ACL on the first day of the NBA playoffs last year, NBA fans and insiders around mourned the injury with depth that went beyond the norm, probably because we all realized that Rose is a player whose game bases heavily off his otherworldly athleticism. We knew that, an ACL tear for Rose would be a more severe injury than an ACL tear for Ricky Rubio, someone who never jumped out of the gym or exploded to the rim anyway.

That Rose has taken so long to return -- Rubio is already back. Even Iman Shumpert, who tore his ACL after Rose, is already back -- has been an elephant in the room. Medically, Rose has been cleared to play for weeks, but the Bulls superstar has said he won't return until he can dunk comfortably off his left leg.

Well, today comes a video of Rose doing just that. Dunking. Off his left foot. Somewhat emphatically too.

So does this mean Rose is near a return? Rose did tell the Chicago Tribune he was leaving the door open for a return during the playoffs. If Rose were to return in the postseason, he'd likely be matched against Brooklyn Nets' Deron Williams, a point guard known for his physicality. It might not be the ideal matchup for someone just returning from major knee reconstruction surgery. 

In fact, Williams has given Rose trouble throughout their careers, dating back to when Williams was still with the Utah Jazz. Now that Brooklyn point guard has slimmed down and is in the best shape in over a year, this could spell trouble for Chicago. 

Should Rose just sit until the next season? 

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