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Bulls' Derrick Rose leaves door slightly open for return in playoffs after 2nd knee injury

  • Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose ponders a question during an NBA basketball news conference about his injured knee at the United Center Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose ponders a question during an NBA basketball news conference about his injured knee at the United Center Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

  • Chicago Bulls NBA basketball player  Derrick Rose walks down the hall on crutches to a news conference about his injured knee at the United Center Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

    Chicago Bulls NBA basketball player Derrick Rose walks down the hall on crutches to a news conference about his injured knee at the United Center Thursday, Dec. 5, 2013, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)  (The Associated Press)

Derrick Rose isn't quite ruling out a return to the Chicago Bulls this season.

The superstar point guard left the door slightly open for a comeback in the playoffs if his surgically repaired right knee is healed — even though the team has said he will miss the rest of the year.

Rose suffered a medial meniscus tear in his right knee in a game at Portland on Nov. 22. He had surgery in Chicago three days later, cutting short his long awaited return after he sat out last season recuperating from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.

He said Thursday that he would come back for the playoffs "If I'm healthy and my meniscus is fully healed."