The Chicago Bulls' superstar started doing that "a couple of days ago," another step in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament. He is rehabilitating five days a week in an effort to return sometime this season after a devastating injury.
Rose spoke Thursday at an unveiling of his new shoe and apparel line for Adidas. The 35-minute session was moderated by a company executive, and he did not take questions from the media.
Rose got emotional, though, particularly when a video of him tearing the ACL and rehabbing was shown.
The South Side native also talked about the ongoing Chicago teachers strike. He said he is troubled to see kids out of school.
"I'm saying, I'm from here. I ride around the neighborhood in the inner-city. Just to see kids out at 12 o'clock, when they're supposed to be in school, it hurts you," said Rose.
Rose said he hopes Chicago children get back into the classroom soon. He said he also feels for parents struggling to take care of their kids during the strike.
The Bulls standout grew up in the city's Englewood neighborhood.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.