Thibodeau acknowledged that Rose is coming along since having surgery done to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee.
“He can shoot,” Thibodeau said. “He’s doing some jogging on a treadmill. He’s coming along, still got to be patient, just go step by step. Nothing close to practicing.” -Tom Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
There have been increasing videos of the Bulls shoot-arounds showing Rose gingerly taking jump shots. Considering how Rose has looked in those videos, it should be no surprise that the point guard is still a ways away from practicing.
Thibodeau also acknowledged that the only thought the Bulls are operating with in relation to Rose is having the point guard completely healthy.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions,” Thibodeau said. “We’re going step by step. When he handles the next phase, then we’ll move him on to the next one. Just make sure he’s completely healthy, that’s all we’re thinking about.” -Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
With Rose planning to play with the USA national team this summer, it would seem to reason that the Bulls would want their star to be practicing before the season concluded. Needless to say, there would be a tremendous amount of risk involved if Rose were to play with the national team this summer after going without any kind of practice since November.
The greater question in all of this is do Bulls fans really care about another hyped return for Rose? The first one failed miserably with a poorly timed ad-campaign that left many with a bad taste in their mouth. Bulls fans don’t want to see videos of Rose shooting. Bulls fans don’t want to see ad-campaigns that offer false hope. Hell, most Bulls fans probably don’t even want to talk about the Rose situation at this point.
The only thing that Bulls fans want to see is Rose stay healthy for a full season; something that has become a rarity in the past three years.