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Derrick Rose could have full-contact practices this week

Jan 22, 2013, 4:45 PM EDT

Derrick Rose in D Rose Short and Family Story Tee

The official word on the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls has always been “after the All-Star Break.” But it’s feeling more and more like it could be a little sooner than that from the blown up ACL he had in the first game of the playoffs last season.

Here is the latest update from Tom Thibodeau before the game vs. the Lakers Monday, via my man Aggrey Sam at CSNChicago.com.

“[Rose is] very close. That [full-contact practices] will be the next step,” Thibodeau said with a wry smirk on his face. “It could [happen this week].

“He has to go through that for an extended amount of time. That’s not going to be, ‘Okay, one or two days of contact and he’s going to be out there. That’s not going to happen. Everyone has to be patient. He’s doing his part. He’s showing great patience. Everyone else has to,” he continued.

There is no rush because the Bulls are winning, at 24-16 they are currently the five seed in the East.

How the Bulls play — team ball, defense, passion — was a stark contrast from the Lakers and spoke to the coach and team makeup that can be undervalued in the NBA.

But Rose takes a nice Bulls team to potential contender. Whether he can do that this year remains to be seen. It may be next season before he is close to his old self.

Still it will be good to see him on the court. Hopefully soon.

  1. pudgalvin - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    Rumor has it he went full contact today. Still, hes telling people that its still going to be around the all star break.

    • Justyn Polk - Jan 22, 2013 at 4:59 PM

      truuuuuuuuu

    • lmoneyfresh - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:43 PM

      If the Bulls can stay in that 4-5 seed range I’m all for him taking his time until then. I’m really hoping that the rest of the team having to gel and produce offensively without him will make them even better when he returns.

      • gmsingh - Jan 23, 2013 at 12:26 PM

        The funny thing is, I think this will work out for the best. The Bulls, perhaps more than any other team, are all about playing well together as a group, so if Rose has limited minutes for his first few weeks back, this will probably be less disruptive than if he starts playing big minutes from day one. By the end of the season everything should be coming up roses.

    • eventhorizon04 - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:45 PM

      Smart move.

      Last year, the Bulls made the mistake of repeatedly rushing Rose back from injuries even though the team was winning at a high rate without him.

      Even if Rose misses the rest of the regular season (unlikely), the Bulls look guaranteed to get a playoff spot in the weak East. Therefore, the goal should be to get Rose to 100% with some time to get into game shape as the playoffs begin, so the All-Star break is a reasonable time-frame.

  2. beardown2489 - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:05 PM

    A healthy DRose is a happy this guy.

  3. 91devinhester23 - Jan 22, 2013 at 5:56 PM

    no worries if he a while to get back, noah deng and boozer are all stepping up big in his absence. Even Jimmy Butler is making an impact. The confidence our guys are getting now from having to be the man will help down the stretch.

  4. ahmedovic8 - Jan 22, 2013 at 6:40 PM

    #theReturn

  5. sportsnut101 - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:08 PM

    Rose jumper should be much better since he couldn’t run for a while

    Honestly don’t bring him back to 100 pct n end of march

    Bulls playing well right now

  6. asublimeday - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:10 PM

    Told ya this season wasn’t a wash

    • lmoneyfresh - Jan 23, 2013 at 2:04 PM

      I’m a big time bulls fan and I can admit that I thought it would be. I’m very impressed by how guys like Booz have stepped up and softened the blow of Rose’s injury. It’s been great to watch this team come together and it can only help going forward.

  7. packfaninvikeland - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:15 PM

    He’s done.

  8. tmdill18 - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:29 PM

    Anyone who thinks he will be playing anywhere near the level he was last year has never played much basketball.

    • pudgalvin - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:46 PM

      Anyone that thinks that their experience with injuries and basketball compares to that of one of the best athletes on the planet is delusional.

    • jjocasio3 - Jan 23, 2013 at 9:10 AM

      Seriously doubt that. Willis Mcgahee came back in 2003, Adrian Peterson came back better than ever in 2012. These 2 guys are running backs so I wouldn’t be surprised if Rose does the same.

  9. asublimeday - Jan 22, 2013 at 7:34 PM

    He’s done.
    ——–
    Packers are done. I think kaepernick just rushed for another TD!

    • packfaninvikeland - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:11 PM

      well played

  10. drex1 - Jan 22, 2013 at 8:39 PM

    haha pakfan and the guy who called him in the he’s done comment… that was a quality exchange of internet banter.. seems out of place on here.

    • packfaninvikeland - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:27 PM

      So user names means you cant comment in different blogs, because its not the same subject as what your user name is? ok got it… lol

  11. latchbeam - Jan 22, 2013 at 9:11 PM

    Full contact? There has to be a better basketball term…

  12. mcjon22 - Jan 22, 2013 at 11:31 PM

    “The official word on the return of Derrick Rose to the Bulls has always been “after the All-Star Break.” But it’s feeling more and more like it could be a little sooner than that from the blown up ACL he had in the first game of the playoffs last season.”

    Umm, the All Start game is in 2 1/2 weeks. There’s no way he’ll be back before then. Ive read a few places multiple times that the Bulls would want Rose to do close to a month of full contact practices to assure he is physically and more important mentally ready to come back.

    I doubt you see him before the end of February. And what’s the rush? Chicago has been playing great lately.

  13. drex1 - Jan 23, 2013 at 8:16 AM

    @packfan
    na man, I meant the good natured banter seems out of place on here. usually full of insults and stupid name calling. the exchange between you two fella’s made me laugh.
    well played

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