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Derrick Rose returns to Bulls practices, but no contact yet

Dec 30, 2012, 11:01 AM EDT

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Derrick Rose is not going to show up in the Bulls lineup next week, his recovery is not that far along and the Bulls still do not wish to rush him.

But things are getting better.

Rose has started practicing with the Bulls, just not taking on contact, reports Aggrey Sam of

But has learned that over the last two days, minus the contact portions, the former league MVP has been a full participant in the team’s practices at the Berto Center.

However, that doesn’t mean Rose will return to the court in the near future, as it was always the plan to have him increase his basketball workload in an effort to get familiar with his new teammates, have a comfort level in running the offense and regain a semblance of his timing, according to a person with knowledge of the situation.

Sam goes on to say the target for a Rose return is still after the All-Star break.

The Bulls are right to take their time and not rush the anchor of their franchise. This is not about this season, but rather the five (or more) after it.

But he is getting closer to coming back from the ACL injury suffered in the first game of the playoffs last season.

  1. samonelastains - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:45 PM

    Yayy! Feeling all giddy inside!

  2. fballlvr22 - Dec 30, 2012 at 12:56 PM

    We Miss You DRose.

  3. charlescub80 - Dec 30, 2012 at 1:58 PM

    Still sounds like a March return.

  4. cosanostra71 - Dec 30, 2012 at 3:24 PM

    Not a Bulls fan, but I’m excited for him to return. He’s a fun player to watch.

  5. itsthemelman82 - Dec 30, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    His first game back is gonna feel like Christmas morning! I can’t wait!

  6. davidly - Dec 30, 2012 at 5:46 PM

    They’re gonna be awfully tough to beat when he returns. Bet they probably have the best record for the second half of the season and ‘ll be rolling when the playoffs come around. I feel sorry for my Pacers, but happy for Rose and his comrades.

  7. deiong - Jan 1, 2013 at 7:42 PM

    but how good can the team be with there coach? he over uses his main players. he might be good at getting people to play defense, but hes not so smart in recognizing when to give them brakes. and he’s far below average in offensive department of coaching. sure his defense can make up for a ton of that, but his lack of a clue on how to effectively rest his players will keep the bulls from eve going to the finals. someones goota teach him the importance of offense and when to rest a player so they have something in the tank for other games. cause its getting old seeing them being over used to the point of breaking.

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