Chicago Bulls all-star and MVP point guard Derrick Rose has been recovering from a torn medial meniscus in his right knee and is nearing a return to the bench.
Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says that Rose is “doing fine” but not quite ready to sit on the bench to cheer on his teammates as his rehab process is still underway.
Yeah, probably in the next few weeks,” Thibodeau said. “He’s still … he’s on a crutch and he’s got his brace, so I don’t want him sitting there when he’s like that.
(via ESPN Chicago)
Well that’s some pleasant news! At least Rose is going to be on the bench, isn’t that some kind of progress. I know there is going to be people that think this isn’t going to do anything for the Bulls. Having presence from a guy like Rose (he’s the youngest league MVP for goodness sakes!) even if he’s just on the bench will be sure to put some fuel back into the tank for the guys on this team! I know it would for me!
Thibodeau gave more updates on the status of Rose as his rehab continues:
He can lift with his upper body and do all his rehab stuff,” Thibodeau said. “He’s starting to move around a little bit more now. He can go in the pool and things like that.
This type of news is better than hearing no progress at all! As a matter of fact this is the best news for the Bulls since they signed D.J. Augustin at the point guard position (which by the way has been like a superhero for the Bulls)! If your a Bulls fan for better or worse hearing something like this will be sure to make your day a little brighter!
As for the debates about if Rose will actually play this season, how about we focus on the improvement of his health and stop worrying about getting him back out there prematurely. Take it from me, I learned my lesson last year waiting for a return. It doesn’t help to ponder on it. Rose will return when he’s good and ready!