Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose took the next critical step in his rehab program from minor right knee surgery, going through a full team practice Monday.
Rose didn’t speak to reporters after the fact, but his coaches and teammates liked what they saw.
The franchise said the 26-year old superstar would return to game action four-to-six weeks following the Feb.27 procedure.
Per the Chicago Tribune:
“We know when Derrick’s back right, he takes our team to a whole other level,” Joakim Noah said.
“He was aggressive,” coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose. “He was a little winded, but we expected that. Overall, I thought it was good. He said he feels good physically. The big thing is going to be the wind and conditioning. He’s been out a long time.”
“When he gets hurt, it’s not just him. It’s on all of us. We all feel it,” Noah said. “We’re a family. We spend more time together than we do with our families. It hurts to see any of the guys go down because we know how much we put into this. But to see him come back and be resilient makes our team stronger.” […] “It was his first 4-on-4 contact since surgery,” Noah said. “So relax.”