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Derrick Rose returns to full practice, could play Thursday

Apr 4, 2012, 5:06 PM EDT

Chicago Bulls' Derrick Rose celebrates after teammate Luol Deng was fouled while shooting by Los Angeles Lakers' Pau Gasol during the second half of an NBA basketball game in Los Angeles Reuters

No, we mean it this time. He really could be back and playing.

Derrick Rose returned to a full contact practice on Wednesday and he could return Thursday when the Bulls take on the Celtics, reports Aggrey Sam at

“I really don’t know. I felt good, but me playing tomorrow, I don’t know. I’m able to run a little bit more, but not at my top speed,” said Rose after practice. “I really can’t explain, unless you’ve had the injury.

“[I] definitely [feel better]. I’m running, able to move a little bit more, so I’m getting healthy,” he continued. “I’ve taken three weeks off — or two weeks off, however many I’ve taken off — my conditioning is definitely a worry, but in basketball, you should be able to fight through it.

The report goes on to say Rose looked “okay” but a little tentative and out of shape in practice, which is too be expected after he missed 11 games with a groin injury. These injuries are easy to aggravate, so the Bulls are being cautious.

For the first time this season the Bulls have lost two in a row, having Rose back in any condition would be a big boost.

The Bulls next game after Thursday is Sunday against the Knicks. While Boston may be iffy, I’ll bet you he is back and playing by Sunday.

  1. pudgalvin - Apr 4, 2012 at 6:21 PM

    One more game off Derrick. No reason too chance it.

  2. glink123 - Apr 5, 2012 at 1:31 AM

    Sit him for another week. If you don’t know, then you’re clearly not ready.

  3. chicago240 - Apr 5, 2012 at 10:07 AM

    Would be refreshing to have him healthy. Turf Toe, Back problems, groin…..hopefully not a precursor to an injury plagued career that you never would have guessed possible but now wonder about. Frankly, it was a lot more fun watching the games last year when Noah and Boozer were out and Rose carried the team on his back. Get healthy, get solid player rotations you can count on, and get ready for the playoffs.

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