No problem for Derrick Rose in second 5-on-5 scrimmage with Bulls
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org February 20, 2013 3:34PM
Updated: February 20, 2013 10:18PM
Tom Thibodeau waited until he passed through the gathered media group following Wednesday’s practice before taking his shot.
“You guys got to learn patience,’’ the Bulls coach said.
Pot, kettle, black.
Then again, in a fervor for any news concerning star point guard Derrick Rose and his road to recovery from May surgery on a torn left anterior cruciate ligament, these are crazy days at the Berto Center.
What Thibodeau would offer up was, no, Rose will not play Thursday against the Heat, and secondly, the MVP continued to show that he was scrimmage ready, as he went through his second five-on-five full scrimmage Wednesday with no setbacks.
Game ready? Not quite.
“Well, I mean it’s hard to say,’’ Thibodeau said. “He’s making good steady progress, he’s right where he should be. There has to be an understanding that in practice you’re striving to get to a game-like intensity and you’re never going to get there. There’s a whole different level playing in an NBA game.’’
As far as the final hurdles that need to be cleared, Rose maintained last week it was an ability to dunk “off stride,’’ while the team just wants him to get through scrimmages and have no setbacks.
“We’re not saying it’s mental or physical,’’ Thibodeau said. “He just has to continue working on his rehab and keep concentrating on that. When he’s ready to go, he’ll go, and we’ll know. There’s no timetable.’’
What Thibodeau did say about the Rose situation on Tuesday was that while there is no timetable for his return, there is also no drop-dead date set in which Rose needs to be back on the court before the team would step in and tell him don’t chance it.
“No, there is no [drop-dead date], no,’’ Thibodeau said. “When, and if, he’s ready, he goes. There is no timetable.
“The important thing is we’re not looking to rush him back. We want him to take as much time as he needs. The last thing I want is to put him in a position where he feels he has to make a decision based on where we are.’’
Rose’s first five-on-five scrimmage took place on Monday, as he worked with the entire team. Wednesday was a bit different, with Thibodeau holding Rip Hamilton, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich out of that aspect of practice for precautionary reasons.