Derrick Rose Unlikely to Join Bulls Practices This Season

by February 12, 2014

Despite talk out of the Windy City that Derrick Rose is ahead of schedule in his rehab from knee surgery, head coach Tom Thibodeau says it’s highly unlikely that the superstar point guard will practice with the team at any point this season. Per the Chicago Sun-Times:

‘‘He’s working really hard,’’ (Joakim) Noah said. ‘‘He’s always around the team, being a great leader, showing support to his teammates. Just watching him work every day, I think, is extra motivation for us to go out there and go harder.

‘‘He’s doing a lot more than shooting around. He’s in the gym nonstop, just working on his body getting better. That’s what it’s all about. He’s a big part of this team. He has that mentality of having no regrets. Just give it everything you got. If you can go, you can go. If you can’t, you did everything you could to make it.’’

Thibodeau said Rose was running on the treadmill, but when asked if that was a new development, he quickly said no.

‘‘Still nowhere close to practicing or anything like that,’’ he said, ‘‘but he’s doing well overall.’’

Could Thibodeau see Rose practicing with the team before the season ends?

‘‘Most likely not, but we’ll see,’’ he said. ‘‘He’s out for the year, but he’s doing great.’’