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Derrick Rose Return: Bulls Star Says He's 'Far Away' From Returning

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Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose works out before the Bulls' NBA basketball game against the Utah Jazz on Friday, Feb. 8, 2013, in Salt Lake City. (AP Photo/Rick Bowmer) | AP
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With the NBA All-Star break approaching, it doesn't seem like the Chicago Bulls' biggest star will be back in action any time soon.

In an interview with USA Today Sports, Derrick Rose said that he's "far away" from where he needs to be to return.

"I'm not coming back until I'm 110%. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks," Rose told Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today Sports. "It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready."

If Chicago fans got their hopes up last month after coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose is "very close" to participating in full-contact practice drills, Rose's interview with USA Today may have squashed that optimism.

Thibodeau downplayed Rose's comments, telling the Chicago Tribune that his point guard is "right where he should be, right on schedule."

Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference playoffs against Philadelphia last April.

In December 2012, Bulls center Joakim Noah said Rose "looks great" after he began sprinting in bursts following practice.

More from the Associated Press:

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) — Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose says he's "far away" from returning from knee surgery.

Sidelined all season, Rose has been practicing and traveling with the team. But in an interview with USA Today posted on Tuesday, he says he has no specific timetable for a return.

Rose says he's not coming back until he's "110 percent" and adds, "Who knows when that will be?" He says it could be any day, within a few weeks or even next year. Asked how close he is to 110 percent, he responded "probably in the high 80s. Far away. Far away."

Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee during last year's playoff-opening win over Philadelphia, and the top-seeded Bulls wound up losing to the 76ers.

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