MIAMI — LeBron James says he will reach out to Derrick Rose to personally welcome him back following his yearlong layoff before the Miami Heat face the Chicago Bulls in Tuesday’s regular-season opener.
Asked about the prospects of facing Rose, James said after Sunday’s practice that it won’t be difficult to set aside his competitive nature to take a moment and appreciate how the Bulls’ star guard has handled his recovery from 2012 knee surgery that forced him to miss all of last season.
James said he especially admires Rose for not giving in to any outside pressure to return during last season’s playoff run. After upsetting the Heat in Miami with a Game 1 victory, the short-handed Bulls lost four straight to James and the Heat and were eliminated in the second round.
Source: Michael Wallace, ESPN.com