DEERFIELD, Ill. — Due to a report last week that has made the rounds and seemingly gained steam as time has gone, the belief that Derrick Rose could return to the Bulls’ lineup in time for next month’s playoffs — let alone the organization “expects” him to do so — is, for the second consecutive spring, a topic of conversation.
The sight of the injured superstar launching jumpers at the conclusion of Wednesday’s practice at the Berto Center, while not anything of substance, prompted the assembled to ask Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau for an update of the point guard’s status.
The coach confirmed that Rose was indeed participating in the non-contact portion of the Bulls’ practices, which is a sign of progress, but continued to dismiss the mere idea of the Chicago native playing in the postseason.
“Yeah, he’s doing that,” Thibodeau said of the former league MVP’s participation in “all the non-contact stuff.”
“He’s moving along fine. He has picked it up a little bit. But there’s still no contact. He’s out for the year, but he’s doing well,” the coach went on to explain. “Last week, he was doing parts of the non-contact. You know, we’re not practicing real long this time of the year. All the non-contact stuff he’s doing.”