Tom Thibodeau Unsure if Derrick Rose Will Play in All-Star Game

by February 16, 2012

Derrick Rose’s status for the NBA All-Star Game this month is very much up in the air, according to Chicago Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau. From ESPN: “Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, who will coach the Eastern Conference All-Stars, said Wednesday he’ll wait until the Feb. 26 game draws near before deciding whether point guard Derrick Rose will play. In the meantime, Rose consulted a back specialist again Wednesday and missed a practice session that consisted of just film and shooting. ‘He’s just doing his rehab right now, so we’ll see,’ Thibodeau said. Rose has missed the last three games with a bad back. An MRI revealed no structural damage, and Rose is considered day to day. The 23-year-old reigning MVP, who was voted in as an All-Star starter for the second straight year, also has missed five games with turf toe. ‘We’ll see where (the back situation) is when we get there,’ Thibodeau said. ‘We just want to do what’s best. We don’t know how it will be. That’s down the road.'”