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Derrick Rose held out of Bulls’ scrimmage

Updated: September 30, 2013 7:34PM



Carlos Boozer spent a few minutes on Monday trying to explain what he’s been seeing from Derrick Rose through the first three days of training camp.

He used descriptions like “smooth’’ and “scary’’ in describing the play of the MVP point guard in team scrimmages.

Then it occurred to Boozer that words won’t be enough.

“You guys will see it soon,’’ Boozer said, sounding more like a hype-man.

And so the wait will have to continue with the first test on Oct. 5, when the Bulls play in Indiana. It definitely didn’t come on Monday, as Rose was held out of the scrimmage part of the session.

Now before the overreaction begins, no, there were no setbacks with his surgically-repaired left anterior cruciate ligament. This was a planned rest day for Rose before the camp even started.

“We cut him out [Monday],’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose’s morning. “It was planned rest. He did some, the warm-up phase.

“We had a teaching segment that of course he participated in and the warm-up phase. But the live stuff, we were planning on giving him [Monday] off.’’

The veteran players often have rest days throughout camp, so it wasn’t anything that raised eyebrows, but with Rose last playing an NBA game a year-and-a-half ago, does it mean he will be having more off-days than usual?

“We’ll just see,’’ Thibodeau said. “With all our players, usually the third day and fifth practice we’re dealing with heavy legs. We just thought we’d give him [Monday] off. Mentally, he’s sharp so he did his conditioning off the floor. He’ll be ready to go [Tuesday].’’

As far as Boozer was concerned, Rose has been ready to go since Saturday, when the team first took the floor.

“He came in almost like he never left,’’ Boozer said of Rose. “Obviously playing with him a couple of years ago, not last year, but it’s smooth. He did a great job being in shape, we did a great job of being in shape so we can get up the floor with him. It makes a huge difference, man.

“Obviously his scoring ability, but his play-making ability has gotten leaps and bounds better. That’s the fun part of playing with him is he can obviously score for himself, but he makes so many plays for us where all we have to do is finish.’’

And in adding muscle, as well as improved jumper from all the hours of rehab, Boozer sees Rose becoming even more lethal for opposing defenses to have to deal with.

“I think he’s still quick and super athletic,’’ Boozer said. “He is stronger and his accuracy from outside has gotten a lot better, which is going to be scary.’’

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