Jerome James has appeared in just four games over the last two seasons, but is hoping to make an impact in Chicago this year.
"I'm about 65 percent," James told the Daily Herald. "This (injury), every time I try to speed it up, it slows me down. So I'm sticking to the program the Bulls gave me and hopefully here in a month or two, I'll be ready to play."
The center has been slowed by a torn Achilles tendon. Many expected him to retire, but he wants to complete a comeback to defend his own reputation.
"My kids, they're starting to read stuff on the Internet that just isn't true about me," he added. "A lot of people out there don't know me or have no idea who I am, what I'm about, what I stand for. So I decided, if I'm going to go out, I'm going to go out on top. Get back right, get back healthy and play basketball again