Derrick Rose is constantly improving in his rehabilitation from a second consecutive season ending knee injury but in a report by ESPNChicago.com, Bulls’ coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose isn’t expected to practice this season.
“Most likely not,” Thibodeau said. “But we’ll see. He’s out for the year, but he’s doing great.”
Rose participated in shootaround this morning and Thibodeau took the time to watch him take some extra jumpers.
“He’s running on a treadmill,” Thibodeau said. “Making a shot here or there, he’s doing well. He’s doing fine. He’s still nowhere close to practicing or anything like that, but he’s doing well overall.”
Rose’s teammate Joakim Noah weighed in on Rose’s progress. He reiterated how nice it is having Rose around the team.
“He’s doing a lot more than just shooting around,” Noah said. “He’s in the gym non-stop. Just working on his body, getting better, getting better, and that’s what it’s all about. He’s a big part of this team, and he has that mentality of just having no regrets. Just giving everything you got. If you can go, you can go, and if you can’t you did everything you could to make it. That’s what it’s all about.”
Noah also weighed in on if he is hoping to have Rose back by the playoffs.
“That’s not my decision,” he said. “That’s nobody’s decision. It’s all about how he feels and regardless of what happens we’re going to be supportive.”
“He’s working really hard,” Noah said. “He’s always around the team. Being a great leader, showing support to his teammates and just watching him work every day. I think it’s just extra motivation for us to go out there and go harder.”
Everything appears to be on the up and up with Rose. I’m hoping there isn’t as much frenzy surrounding a return doing this year’s playoffs as it was last year.
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