Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is preaching patience as always, despite a media report that point guard Derrick Rose is doing so well in his rehab from knee surgery that he may join team practices this season. Per the Chicago Sun-Times:

A source said last week that Derrick Rose was ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. On Friday, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t rule out Rose practicing with the team later in the regular season.

“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, just going step-by-step,” Thibodeau said. “When he handles the next phase, then they’ll move him on to the next one. Just make sure he’s ­completely healthy, that’s all we’re thinking about.”

Regarding which phase Rose is in, Thibodeau said, “He can shoot, he’s doing some jogging on a treadmill, he’s coming along. Still got to be patient, go step-by-step, nothing close to practicing.”