Charles Barkley called in to Waddle & Silvy to talk sports and among the various topics, Barkley took time to give his take on Derrick Rose moving forward post-ACL surgery:
I would tell him to take his time and make sure he does his rehab. Make 100% sure he does his rehab, and I’m pretty sure he will. Don’t try to come back too soon. We all want to play, but once you have a serious injury you have to start listening to your body. They said 8-12 months, I never like when they say that. It can be anywhere between that time frame, but you have to make sure you are 100%. That’s the number one thing, don’t try to come back at 80% or 90% because you’re just going to hurt yourself more.
On whether Rose can still be same player he was prior to injury:
I think he’s still going to be explosive, he’s still a young kid, it’s not like he’s 32 or 33. Is he going to have to change his game? I don’t know if a guy like that can change his game, he’s an explosive player. He’s obviously got to work on his jumper because he’ll probably shoot more jumpers.