The Chicago Bulls’ season ended some time ago and that is why it should come as no surprise that Bulls’ point guard Derrick Rose is feeling like his old-self again.
Chicago Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau indicated in a phone conversation on Thursday that Rose appeared to be his old self once again.
“Watching the way he’s moving now, there’s a confidence,” Thibodeau said. “[Reporters] may not have been able to see the total work he was putting in. But he was putting in an enormous amount of work each and every day. He just never got to the explosiveness he was comfortable with. I think he’s there now. He feels great, and that’s the most important thing.”
He said Rose is “running, lifting, playing and shooting. His day is full.”-Tom Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
This is news that everyone in Chicago wanted to hear. The only problem is that the news is coming too late. Though, now is not the time to re-hash on old wounds.
It is encouraging that Rose feels great and is playing with the confidence and explosiveness that he had prior to his injury.
However, Rose’s rehab will not be completely finished until the point guard returns to game action. There is nothing that can replace game action. That is why it would have been important for the point guard to return for the Bulls this past season instead of waiting to the fall.
That scenario would have allowed Rose to get re-acclimated with playing in the NBA and then return with no question marks in the fall. Now, a question mark will continue to hang over Rose’s head until the point guard officially makes his return.
The plan for Rose during the off-season has been kept hush-hush by the Bulls’ organization, though, Thibodeau’s announcement on Thursday likely is a part of some blueprint that the Bulls have for Rose during the summer.