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Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out United Center before Chicago Bulls play AtlantHawks Monday January 14 2013. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out at the United Center before the Chicago Bulls play the Atlanta Hawks Monday January 14, 2013. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times

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Updated: January 16, 2013 12:08AM

A timetable has not been set for the return of Derrick Rose from surgery on his left knee. But as his participation in practice increases, the possibility of disagreement looms.

Coach Tom Thibodeau said the next step for Rose is to practice with contact. If he shows no ill effects from the injury after going through such drills, Rose could lobby to return sooner than the organization intends.

After Rose tore the anterior cruciate ligament, the Bulls were adamant they wouldn’t allow him to return until the doctors deemed him completely healthy.

“We’re not worried about that,” Thibodeau said. “There’s been constant communication with Derrick and the doctors. It’s not going to be a problem.”

Thibodeau said he limits the amount of contact the team goes through because of the schedule. So he will look to get Rose extended practice time when he integrates him into the contact portion.

“We’ll do it pre-practice, post-practice, and there are parts of practice where there is contact but it’s not extended right now,” Thibodeau said. “We’re practicing less time.”

“He’s very coachable in all areas. There’s high maintenance, low maintenance and no maintenance. He’s no maintenance. Whatever you ask him to do, he does.”

Rose is traveling with the team on the two-game road trip to Toronto and Boston.

On blast

The Bulls were unaware of reports that microphones had been placed at both ends of the Madison Square Garden court for their game Friday against the Knicks, but they weren’t fazed when informed of the news.

It was done in an effort to record all conversations between Bulls players and Knicks forward Carmelo Anthony, who returned after a one-game suspension for a trash-talking incident with Celtics forward Kevin Garnett.

“It’s not that big of a deal because there’s mics everywhere now,” Thibodeau said. “They’re in the players’ uniforms. They’re everywhere. So that’s where the game is. You can’t allow that stuff to get you distracted.”

Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich was more perplexed about the purpose of using the microphones.

“I don’t really know what that’s going to accomplish,” he said. “We’re grown men out there playing basketball. Things are said. Things happen.”

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