Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau would not confirm reports Tuesday that Derrick Rose may be just a few weeks away from practicing , calling the All-Star point guard a “long ways away”. Rose, who was given a prognosis of 8-12 months of rehab after surgery on May 12, has recently been spotted running sprints in the Berto Center at the end of practices, which can only be a good thing. Though his schedule has been kept private, Thibodeau says, “He’s doing well”, and teammate Joakim Noah said, “He looks great.” at a charity event Monday.
According to ESPN Chicago:
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Tuesday that Derrick Rose is not close to being able to practice and wouldn’t commit to it happening before the new year.
“Who knows?” Thibodeau said after Tuesday’s shootaround. “He’s a long ways away from that, but he’s doing well. He’s doing well.”
The 24-year-old Rose has been cutting on the knee and sprinting, and he’s been impressing his teammates. “I think he looks really good,” Joakim Noah said Monday at a charity event for his Noah’s Arc Foundation. “He looks great, actually.”
Rose’s schedule has been kept private, and only in recent days has he been spotted in the Berto Center at the end of practices.
“He’s doing fine, but we’re not going to get into daily updates,” Thibodeau said. “It’s going to be the same. He’s focused on his rehab, he’s got a long way to go and we have to concentrate on our next opponent and our improvement.”