Derrick Rose cleared to play, will wait until he can dunk confidently with his left foot

Derrick Rose is all smiles after being cleared to play on Friday. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

Derrick Rose is all smiles after being cleared to play on Friday. (Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports)

The Chicago Bulls received the news the team had been waiting on for nearly a year on Friday when it was confirmed that star point guard Derrick Rose has been cleared to play.

Despite Rose getting the green light, he wants to wait until he can dunk confidently off of his left foot before suiting back up again.

The news is undoutbedly a sigh of relief for the franchise, teammates and fans, who are all hoping to make a run in the 2013 NBA Playoffs.

According to an ESPN source, “The team is not pressuring Rose … but the Bulls are confident he will return this season and are still hoping for a mid-March return, which would mark 10 months after his surgery. The Bulls play at Golden State on March 15.”

The Bulls are currently sitting in sixth place in the Eastern Conference.

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