Friday, June 14th, 2013 at 10:30 am  |  24 responses

Tom Thibodeau Says Derrick Rose Back to His Explosive Self

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau has some very good news for the team’s rabid fan base — Derrick Rose is feeling like his old, explosive self again, reports the coach. Per ESPN: “‘I worked him out about a week ago,’ Thibodeau said in a phone conversation Thursday. ‘It was great.’ Rose missed the entire season rehabbing from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during last year’s playoffs. His longer-than-expected absence, and the ensuing debate about it, was the overwhelming storyline during a challenging Bulls season that ended in a second-round loss to the Miami Heat. Last season is over, and Thibodeau is looking to the future. ‘Watching the way he’s moving now, there’s a confidence,’ Thibodeau said. ‘[Reporters] may not have been able to see the total work he was putting in. But he was putting in an enormous amount of work each and every day. He just never got to the explosiveness he was comfortable with. I think he’s there now. He feels great, and that’s the most important thing.’ He said Rose is ‘running, lifting, playing and shooting. His day is full.’ [...] While reports speculated that Rose was dominating his teammates in the gym (during the season), Thibodeau says now that wasn’t the case. ‘He was practicing and he was good sometimes, but he also wasn’t able to make the kinds of plays he likes to make,’ Thibodeau said. ‘No one is more explosive and can change direction like him. He had to be capable of doing that. That’s what makes him so unique, how quick and explosive he is,’ Thibodeau continued. ‘He can jump sideways to avoid contact. He’s always hopping around. That’s a lot on your knee. You have to be comfortable doing that. He takes off and he doesn’t take long to go from securing the ball to exploding and blowing by somebody.’ Rose will leave Chicago in about a week to start working out with his trainer in Los Angeles. He will also travel to an adidas-sponsored exhibition July 7-10 in Belgrade, Serbia, among other commitments.”

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  • RayJr

    A couple of weeks late but still great to hear. Can’t wait to see him in action again next season.

  • Enigmatic

    Should be interesting to see all the Bulls fans who tore Rose to shreds every chance they got come crawling back and swear they were down from day one. I mean, I know a lot of people were disappointed and at least a little upset, I was too. But some of the things some fans were saying were just…wow.

  • j

    ive always supported him in his decision. screw all the haters and the people who couldnt wait. like as if inserting d rose in the playoffs would make a difference.

  • Dfrance

    I’m just excited to see him in action again. Hopefully he has that same bounce we’re used to.

  • bike

    When asked about Thibodeau’s comment, Rose said he was confident that Thibodeau felt there was confidence in the way he is moving now.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    ~3 weeks after the Bulls’ season ends and now he’s 100% healthy, feeling like his old self, and ready to play…………Interesting….

  • Bandwagonfan

    I want a season with curry, westbrook, irving, rose, rondo , cp3 , parker, lillard all healthy. A full season.

  • Dev

    This definitely is the PG Era

  • Dev

    Rose better look like Super Rose after missing this whole year and all the backlash he got behind it

  • AndyK415

    and Rubio

  • Bandwagonfan

    Not yet. They all got injuries and none of them won a championship in the recent years. Rondo got 1 in 2008. Parker trying to get another 1

  • LakeShow

    Yessss… The East needs him.

  • OfftheWall87

    Great decision for him to sit the whole season. Badly handled by the Bulls organization starting with them letting everyone know that their sorry doctors cleared him to play. Same dudes who told Deng and Asik that they could play with breaks and fractures. Looking forward to seeing him next season. Will be a better player. Miami may be in trouble.

  • The Mighty FV

    I wasn’t aware there was any hate…from him being injured? If so, shame on them for that.

  • The Mighty FV

    Don’t be so stupid, when he’s ready he’s ready, would you prefer if he rang you personally and let you know when he started feeling like he was ready to play? Idiot.

  • The Mighty FV

    He didn’t mean regarding championships – he meant regarding the amount of incredible PGs there are in the league now. I swear people have to be spoon fed on this forum to understand thing.

  • The Mighty FV

    Amen to this.

  • LP @ThisisEther

    I’m a Bulls fan but I’m just pointing out the obvious. He was ready to play. I wasn’t pushing him to play, but he was obviously ready to play at the end of the season.

    Also, if you increase your vocab, you won’t have to resort to insult to get your point across.

  • robb

    there were Bulls fans criticising Derrick??? for real?? wow those guys are as smart as Dwight H.

  • OfftheWall87

    Obvious? Who said he was ready to play? Pregame workouts that ESPN and TNT showed? In fact, I kept hearing “He just isn’t ready to play” more than anything else. I never heard Thibs or any of his teammates say he was ready to play. Rose never said he was ready himself. Thibs said he wasn’t confident with his explosiveness in the way that he is now. I trust his words over anyone else’s.

  • roscoe

    I am a big drose guy… i hope he is able to come back & perform like before, but…

    one side of me says he needs to change his game or the rest of his career may be a revolving door of injuries. hopefully not, but…

    his style as awesome as it is will produce more knee issues, right?

  • Bandwagonfan

    Yea plenty of them is injured besides lillard cp3 and parker. This is not an era where rose dontplay for a season, rondo only half a season. And last year, curry has an ankle injuries, so many injuries.

  • Bandwagonfan

    And what do you think of an era of pg with no pg winning things?

  • Dev

    Correct, thats exactly what I meant lol