The Chicago Bulls’ Derrick Rose passed the one-year anniversary of his ACL surgery on Sunday, officially pushing beyond the initial eight-to-12 month recovery time.

Rose had surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left knee on May 12, at which point Rose’s brother, Reggie, said the Bulls point guard would return well before his expected date.

"He's not sitting out the entire [2012-2013] year," Reggie Rose told the Chicago Tribune on Tuesday, May 13, 2012.

For the past few months, controversy surrounded Rose and the circumstances of his return. Rose continued to meet with the media and say his return was “up in the air,” but there is now no chance he will return in the Bulls’ second-round series against the Miami Heat, reported, citing a source with knowledge of the situation. Bulls coach Tom Thiboduau was always aware of this, according to the report.

Rose has fueled the frenzy as much as media and fan speculation, promoting the idea that he remained unsure when he would come back to the court.

Without Rose, the Bulls have performed through injury to defeat the Brooklyn Nets in a seven-game series and take Game 1 from the Heat in Miami in a series they now trail, 2-1. Their physical brand of basketball has left players bloodied and resulted in technical fouls and ejections against the Heat thus far.