Monday, February 3rd, 2014 at 9:40 am  |  33 responses

Derrick Rose Reportedly Ahead of Schedule in Rehab

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.”

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  • Kt

    Still won’t amount to much just practicing. I think we’ve heard this before. Hope he is 100% next season but Derrick isn’t going to play this season at all. They are tanking and gonna not pay their vet forwards. Gonna try & get cheap young guy and cheapskate to another season.

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  • Jody Chappell

    Doesn’t matter whether he is or not. He is so fragile psychologically about these injuries he’s not going to return the same player. Everyone gets hurt sooner or later but you can’t let these injuries dictate who you are as a person or a basketball player. As soon as I’m fit I’m on the court playing helping out my team. I don’t just leave them hanging and watch my friends and teammates get moved to the likes of Cleveland like Luol. I used to have a lot of respect for D Rose but these last 12 months have really shown me that he is a nice person, but a bad teammate & a questionable competitor

  • Anthony

    I remember a similar news story several months ago…de ja vu! (or whatever)

  • Kudokensei

    Please tell us something new. He’s not gonna play this season anyway, so save your energy reporting something else.

  • Daniel Raku

    What people say about Derrick Rose is just saddening. I don’t know anybody who works as hard as he does to get back out on the court, or practice. He tries everything he does. I have so much respect for him. Just because you have 2 very unfortunate injuries and being related to Penny Hardaway is just horrid. He knows he gets a lot of crap for injury prone. Last year when he tore his ACL and came back he was acutally faster then ever and added 5 inches to his vertical. Proves how much he wants to come back.

  • Jay Brodes

    didn’t we hear this before..when he is on the court we can evaluate. until then this is all for monday morning qb debate and we can let jalen, doug and bill simmons argue til all star break..thanks for the PSA!

  • ballislife21

    Didn’t think there would ever be a story about a star plagued with injuries worse than Brandon Roy.

  • roship17

    That last sentence you wrote was really great.

  • spit hot fiyah

    slow clap clap clap. be ready to be attacked by a sensitive bulls fan on here in 3,2,1…..

  • Aaron

    good to hear about d rose but take your time don’t rush and get hurt again like grant hill

  • Kim P.

    Yes and I am sure your NBA career reflects all of that. Shut up please!!


    Risking his future, and thus the future of the team is being a bad teammate? Moves such as Luol would have been made at the end of the season when they didn’t win a title, even if Derrick was healthy. That’s been known for a while now. This year was about one last shot with the current lineup. Now that it’s over, look to see major moves. This is in no way Derrick’s fault. As you can see, it says that he is ahead of schedule, not right on schedule or behind. Ahead. Derrick Rose is useless without being able to go full speed.

  • Kim P.

    What?? How do you figure they are tanking?? Please stop posting on things you know nothing about!!

  • bike

    The reporting on Derrick Rose Reportedly Ahead of Schedule in Rehab is right on schedule.

  • pposse

    who in the F is this source?! just stop!

  • pposse

    lol ahh the hyporcrisy of it all. So in one sense it is acceptable for a superstar like Lebron James to potentially jump ship out of Miami even tho his best friend in the entire nba D Wade will still be a Heat, but D Rose is the one that left Luol Deng hanging. A fragile player doesn’t come out and say “I could get hurt 10 more times — I’m never going to stop,” Why aint the same being said about Russell Westbrook then? He is cleared to play RIGHT now yet he is sitting out for another month. RW is clearly leaving the Thunder hanging yup thats right. Dude get a grip your logic is flawed on every single level. Anyone who agrees with you are acting like clowns or playing devils advocate period. Before Adrian Peterson nobody was even thinking about coming back from ACL’s in any professional sport for more than a year.

  • Wings23

    Screw these reports…just let the man do his thing. He’ll be back when you see his ass on the damn court.

  • GrizzledPete

    ” As soon as I’m fit I’m on the court playing helping out my team.”

    But your team plays on your driveway with a milk crate used as a hoop.

  • Yhateonniggas

    Fucken bust! Never will wing a ring

  • TTN

    Its always reported that they ahead of schedule………until they actually play.

  • sim888

    Internet high five.

  • erc

    D rose is good but he the coach needs to let him get better

  • ATL dynamite

    lol or are you the only one who is refusing to learn the truth?

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Why tell us? It’s not like he’s coming back anytime soon…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Related to PHardaway? Didn’t know that. Still, if it wasn’t that bad why isn’t he coming back earlier? I mean, now is the chance. If u wanna rep the east, it’s not getting any weaker than this (ever again, hopefully). There must be more to it than they’re telling us. Personally, I’m not believing anything till I see it.
    Bulls are in rebuilding mode (don’t tell Thib’s)…

  • Interdico Scriptor

    Woah. Easy there big fella

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  • LP @ThisisEther

    Of course you would get back on the court as soon as YOU THINK you were ready and against doctors’ wishes, because you aren’t worth 100 million…you’ve got nothing to lose.

  • TimmyP

    James’ best friend is Carmelo Anthony.

  • Pacers guy for life

    as much as an indiana fan I am. I can’t stand not seeing a rivals best.

  • Jacob Howard

    How are they tanking? Are you fucking retarded? They’re the 6th seed right now you dumbass.

  • ranfan

    don’t start this again. then people going to be all mad and crap when they say he wont be playing until october lol