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Derrick Rose is dunking again, taking some contact in practice

Jan 9, 2013, 3:13 PM EDT

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Everyone near the Bulls still says the plan is to be patient. Don’t rush Derrick Rose back. Think more like the All-Star Game timeframe.

Still, there are positive signs.

Like the report in the Sun-Times that Derrick Rose is dunking again.

Aside that, he is taking what the team calls “predictable contact” in practice. Of course, the way the Bulls Jimmy Butler described it, to Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com, things are pretty hands off with Rose — and he is looking good.

“Everything!” exclaimed Jimmy Butler, when asked about pleasant surprises observed during Rose’s rehabilitation from ACL surgery. “I think it’s all a blessing and it’s just great to see him out there, jumping and shooting jump shots, and moving the way that he does. Who knows if he comes back and has a start like Adrian Peterson did? That’s crazy.”

“We definitely don’t want to get him hurt again, so if he’s going to the cup, let him go. Open ‘J,’ contest it, but don’t let him come down any wrong way. Playing smart basketball, but at the same time, we know—and that goes for anybody—don’t undercut anybody,” Butler explained. “Things that basketball players do with their teammates. As far as he goes, he’s continuing to go hard, that’s for sure.”

Peterson may be a little optimistic. But the Bulls with even 80 percent of Rose become a real tough out come the playoffs. And that may be the best plan in Chicago right now.

  1. chicitybulls - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:17 PM

    Great news. Take your time D-Rose. Make sure you’re 110% healthy. Can’t wait to see him back on the court….healty.

  2. chicitybulls - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    Great news. Take your time D-Rose. Make sure you’re 110% healthy. Can’t wait to see him back on the court….healthy.

  3. jhuck92 - Jan 9, 2013 at 4:20 PM

    Thank God. Here’s to hoping the playoffs treat him better this year.

  4. beavertonsteve - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:10 PM

    “C’mon, he should be in the starting lineup right now.”

    -Mike Shanahan

    • dko83 - Jan 10, 2013 at 12:01 AM

      Good stuff, lold.

  5. itsthemelman82 - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:54 PM

    You can’t be a Bulls fan and not feel like its Christmas Eve again!

  6. raidmagic - Jan 9, 2013 at 6:58 PM

    Awesome news, good to see real pros with real commitments! D Rose and AP= manly

  7. tampajoey - Jan 9, 2013 at 8:02 PM

    Not a Bulls fan, but definitely want to see Rose back on the floor. The NBA is a better place when D-Rose is producing highlights.

  8. glink123 - Jan 9, 2013 at 10:46 PM

    beavertonsteve = best quote of the day

  9. drago2012 - Jan 10, 2013 at 9:56 AM

    Have been going to every Bulls home game for the last 3 years or so and I can tell you I can’t wait until Rosé returns. Actually the entire NBA needs him. When he comes back the Bulls will be a totally different team with him on the floor for even 10 minutes maybe late in the game. We have nobody that can finish the game now. We could have had another 8 wins if Rosé was in the game during the last 5 minutes or so. Perfect example was the Milwaukee game last night, we just ran out of gas. Nate is just a plug in point guard who relieves the main guys for few minutes and that is it. When he comes back we can go on few of those 10 wins in a row spurts and leave all the other Easter teams in our rear view mirror. Just getting so excited thinking about it , I can’t stand it anymore. Go BULLS!!!

    • chitownmatt - Jan 10, 2013 at 1:13 PM

      I’m actually very excited to see Rose and Marco play together. I think they might have some real chemistry.
      Marco seems to flourish when a defense caves in and becomes scrambled… and we all know Rose can scramble a defense as good as anyone.

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