Despite a recent New York report suggesting that the Chicago Bulls are expecting Derrick Rose to return in time for the playoffs, the organization continues to stick to the status-quo in labeling Rose out for the season.
Rose, however, continues to make progress in his rehabilitation from the surgery he had late in 2013 to repair a torn meniscus in his right knee. On Wednesday, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau indicated that Rose was participating in non-contact drills during Bulls practices.
“Yeah, yeah, he’s doing that; he’s moving along fine,” Thibodeau said when asked about non-contact drills. “He has picked it up a little bit. But there’s still no contact. He’s out for the year, but he’s doing well.”-Tom Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
In regards to the potential of Rose returning this season, I have my doubts that the Bulls would publicly state that they expect their superstar to return within the next month. After all, the Bulls were believed to behind reports last season that Rose would return during the team’s playoff run and that created a firestorm when the point guard remained sidelined during the playoffs. The Bulls probably do not want to go down that slippery slope again. That is why we truly do not know whether or not the organization is expecting Rose to return to the team in time for the playoffs.
In any event, Rose is making progress with his ability to now participate in non-contact drills during practice.