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Derrick Rose

Derrick Rose

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Updated: March 28, 2014 8:59AM



It’s obvious Derrick Rose doesn’t have the final say on whether he returns this season.

Two weeks ago, Rose wasn’t ruling out a comeback for a late playoff run.

“When I get off the [anti-gravity treadmill], that’s when I’ll consider coming back or not,’’ Rose said at a Bulls charity event.

Guess who’s off the treadmill and running on his own?

“He’s doing some running, yeah,’’ coach Tom Thibodeau said Wednesday before the game against the Warriors. “So he’s off the anti-gravity treadmill. Still on it at times, but he’s full-weight now and doing lateral slides and things like that. But he’s nowhere near practicing or anything like that.

“Doing a little bit more. He’s moving along, but nowhere close to practice.’’

And absolutely no closer to playing in the regular season or the playoffs.

Everyone from Thibodeau to general manager Gar Forman had ruled him out for the season in December after surgery to repair the torn meniscus in his right knee.

Both also ruled out Rose the same night Rose issued the wait-and-see.

“We’re still working on the premise that he’s out for the year,’’ Forman said that night. “Everything with his rehab is on schedule, and he’s doing well. But that’s the premise we’re working under.’’

Rose being able to run on his own with almost seven weeks left in the regular season hasn’t changed anything, not for Forman or Thibodeau.

“He’s out for the season,’’ Thibodeau said when asked again about Rose’s progress. “I don’t know what else you guys want . . . and again, I think that’s a step-by-step thing. He’s doing great; he’s out for the season. Nothing has changed there.’’

But will Rose be practicing with his teammates by the end of the season?

A source told the Sun-Times last month that Rose was ahead of schedule in his rehab and on course to play for USA Basketball in late July.

Rose confirmed that.

“Yeah, for sure,’’ Rose said when asked if that was in his plans. “If my leg is feeling healthy and I’m there, I’m all in. Of course, I want to play for that team. Playing for that team helped the year I won MVP, just getting in a groove. So I’m excited if I am able to play in it.’’

Before he can just walk out on the court and compete against some of the elite players in the league in USA Basketball scrimmages, however, he has to practice.

“In the end, if it makes sense for him to practice, that’s what he’ll do,’’ Thibodeau said. “But he’s doing great.’’

Email: jcowley@suntimes.com



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