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Rose ahead of game, but Thibs urges patience

Updated: March 3, 2014 5:29PM

NEW ORLEANS — A source said last week that Derrick Rose was ahead of schedule in his recovery from surgery to repair the meniscus in his right knee. On Friday, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn’t rule out Rose practicing with the team later in the regular season.

“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, just going step-by-step,” Thibodeau said. “When he handles the next phase, then they’ll move him on to the next one. Just make sure he’s ­completely healthy, that’s all we’re thinking about.”

Regarding which phase Rose is in, Thibodeau said, “He can shoot, he’s doing some jogging on a treadmill, he’s coming along. Still got to be patient, go step-by-step, nothing close to practicing.”

NOTE: Cartier Martin’s 10-day contract expired, making him a free agent again. Coach Tom Thibodeau said there was a chance he could be brought back later in the season. Martin, a 6-7 forward, averaged 8.0 minutes and shot 62.5 percent in six games.

Joe Cowley

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