After about nine months of rehab and what feels like an eternity of suffering, head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Chicago Bulls point guard and savior, Derrick Rose, may be ready to take on full contact in practice as early as next week.
Many Bulls fans have guesstimated that Rose will return right after the all-star break, and this news seems to be in line with a potential February 19th return date. However, the always-evasive Thibs is preaching patience – for fans, players and Rose himself. Via ESPN Chicago:
He’s doing his part, he’s showing great patience and everybody else has to. He’s got to continue to focus on the rehab, our guys have to focus on their improvement and our opponent and then when he’s ready, whenever it is, when he’s ready that’s when he comes back. Not earlier than he’s ready, not later, it’s when he’s ready. Our doctors have been on top of it since day one so everyone just has to show patience.
While the organization is clearly doing everything they can to ensure that Rose has a smooth a transition as possible back in to the NBA, it’s important to remember that you can never be too careful with an injury as fragile as a torn ACL, especially when it has a $100 million receipt on it. Ricky Rubio, who suffered the same injury as Rose last year, returned to action after nine months on the sideline and is suffering a couple of minor injuries – something that Chicago is trying to avoid.
With Chicago enshrining its place in the playoffs, a healthy Derrick Rose is just the push the club will need to make a memorable run in the playoffs. Of course, unless Lebron James suddenly combusts, a memorable run is all that fans can hope for in the future. Nevertheless, it’s always good to hear about Chicago’s golden boy getting back on his feet. The moment Rose returns back on to the court won’t be a minute too soon, you can bet Tom Thibodeau’s marriage on that.