Chicago the return is nearly upon you. Coach Tom Thibodeau has announced that Derrick Rose is now taking full contact practice with the team. The expected return of the former MVP is after the All-Star break. Rose has taken limited contact for close to two weeks now. The rehab has finally progressed to the point that Rose can now practice with his teammates without restrictions.
“He can do all the cutting, he can do shooting, he can go off the dribble,” Thibodeau said. “So it’s just a matter of him getting acclimated to playing in a game situation. You have to understand that in practice you’re striving to get as close to a game-like intensity as you can, but you also have to understand that you’re not going to be able to get there, so that will be a whole different level. And we have to make sure that he’s ready to handle that intensity.”
As always the Bulls are going to be very careful with Rose as he is obviously the franchise player. So while everyone expects him to be back sometime after the break there is no timetable on when he will actually get back on the court.
“There’s no date,” Reinsdorf said. “The doctors say that he’s doing everything that he’s supposed to be doing and there’s no specific date. He’s not going to come back until the doctors say unequivocally that he has no greater chance of getting hurt than any other player. If there’s any risk, he’s not coming back.”
This is clearly a step in the right direction. If Rose is finally practicing full-bore with the team he closer to returning than ever. The Bulls are right in taking things slow with him so long as the team is winning there is no rush to bring him back. The one thing I would caution fans against is thinking he will have a Adrian Peterson like return to the floor. AP is the exception and not the rule when it comes to ACL injuries.
One thing you can count on Chicago is that Rose will be back sooner than later and this is a very exciting time.