DEERFIELD, Ill. — Derrick Rose’s return to the floor isn’t imminent, but the former league MVP is making progress in his recovery efforts.
The sidelined point guard, who was ruled out for the season following surgery to repair his torn right medial meniscus after a November knee injury, was seen taking jumpers with relatively normal elevation and displayed decent mobility after his teammates finished practice Monday afternoon at the Berto Center. Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau downplayed the possibility that Rose could return to practice.
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“Basically about the same,” the coach said of Rose’s status. “He’s doing a little bit more running now. He’s still nowhere near ready to practice. But he’s doing well. His spirit is strong. His body feels good. Just keep concentrating on the rehab, be a great teammate and that’s what he’s doing.
“We’ll see where we are at the end of the year if he gets cleared to practice. But there’s no timetable on that. Just put everything you have into each and every day with the rehab, get stronger. We want to make sure he’s completely healthy before he moves forward,” he continued. “I don’t want to even speculate. If he can, he will. He’s not close right now.”