Thibodeau: Derrick Rose has begun rehab, lifting for Bulls

Thibodeau: Derrick Rose has begun rehab, lifting for Bulls
December 28, 2013, 5:45 pm
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Mark Strotman

Tom Thibodeau said Saturday morning at the Bulls shootaround that injured point guard Derrick Rose likely will begin sitting on the team's bench in the next few weeks.

Rose, who suffered a torn meniscus on Nov. 22 in Portland, has begun doing rehabilitation exercises and is doing upper-body lifts with the team.

"He's starting to move around a little bit," Thibodeau said.

In the early going it appeared as though point guard would be a real concern for the post-Rose Bulls. Second-year guard Marquis Teague was struggling and Kirk Hinrich was dealing with injury, but the arrival of DJ Augustin -- the Bulls signed him after he cleared waivers from the Raptors -- has given some stability at the position.

In seven games in Chicago, Augustin is averaging 10.4 points and 6.3 rebounds, and Thibodeau said the reserve guard is proving the Bulls' own mantra, to stay ready in case your name is called.

"You look at a guy like DJ," Thibodeau said. "DJ started in the league, then as a backup, and then he wasn't playing. So he's a very bright guy, so I think he can handle whatever's thrown his way and he's taken advantage. And to be playing like he is says that he must have been doing a lot when he wasn't playing, because he came in hit the ground running."

With injury-prone Kirk Hinrich running the point, Luol Deng out with a sore Achilles and Joakim Noah returning from a hip injury, Thibodeau reiterated the importance of every player on the roster staying ready and practicing as if they were going to log significant minutes.

"That's what it dictates, is that when there's injury you have to be ready, and everyone has to be ready at all times, whether it be foul trouble, an injury, whatever it might be. And you see it all the time, when a player who wasn't playing much gets thrust into it and the guys who are ready, they always take advantage of their opportunities and we've seen it here for a long time."