Presumably, the next game that the Chicago Bulls play will have Derrick Rose as the team’s starting point guard. Rose essentially missed all of the 2013-2014 season after tearing his meniscus in his left knee on November 22.
Rose was never expected to return during the 2013-2014 season after suffering the torn meniscus injury.Rose, however, is expected to play with Team USA this summer in Spain. While speaking from the Berto Center on Wednesday, Bulls’ head coach Tom Thibodeau admitted that Rose has begun to take contact in practice.
“[It was] good,” Thibodeau said. “He’s right on schedule. So this is the next phase now. The rehab part went well. The non-contact stuff went well. So now this is the next step, which is good.”-Tom Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
Thibodeau is an assistant on Team USA’s coaching staff and will be able to closely monitor Rose’s progression this summer.
“He’s going to be here more this summer, which is going to be good,” Thibodeau said. “So we’ll have him doing more work with our team here and then we’ll see where he is in July, in terms of we’ll probably have more guys in, in preparation for summer league. It will be a good setup for him to go into the USA practices, which begin right after the NBA summer league.”-Thibodeau, ESPN Chicago
Initially, the thought of Rose playing with Team USA was risky. However, if all goes well, Rose playing with Team USA could stand to benefit the Bulls. Rose’s participation with Team USA this summer should eliminate the rust that has gathered from not playing for essentially two years. That also stands the lower the chances of Rose suffering an injury at the start of next season for the Bulls.
In any event, Bulls fans will be watching Rose this summer while holding their breath.