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Derrick Rose has template for recovery from Thunder’s Eric Maynor

Updated: November 25, 2012 11:54AM

There isn’t much Derrick Rose can borrow from the game of Oklahoma City Thunder backup guard Eric Maynor. But that doesn’t mean Rose can’t be inspired.

Maynor tore his right anterior cruciate ligament last January and was in the starting lineup for the Thunder on Tuesday night against the Bulls, less than 10 months after the injury. Rose, recovering from a torn left ACL suffered during the first round of the playoffs, hopes to be back on the floor for the Bulls by February.

‘‘You have to fight through every day,’’ Thunder coach Scott Brooks said of Maynor’s comeback. ‘‘You can’t take days off. You can’t get down on yourself or down on the situation. You have to continue to fight with a good, positive attitude, and that’s what Eric has done. And from what I understand, that’s what Derrick is doing also.

‘‘It comes back. Eric hasn’t lost any of his quickness, his strength — it comes back. I never had an ACL injury, but that’s one of the things you fear as an athlete, is you will never be the same. You will be the same with the work you put in, the type of care players have.

‘‘You will be the same, if not better.’’

Thibs thrilled by Bears

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has yet to meet Lovie Smith, but that didn’t stop him from praising the Bears coach and the team’s 5-1 start after a victory over the Detroit Lions on ‘‘Monday Night Football.’’

‘‘I love the way they’re playing,’’ Thibodeau said. ‘‘I don’t know much about football, but I enjoy watching them play.’’

Considering the Bears’ defense this season, it’s easy to see why the defensive-minded Thibodeau would have that appreciation.

Asked if he was ready to compare the Bulls’ defense to what’s on display at Soldier Field this season, Thibodeau said without hesitating, ‘‘Shoot, we’ve got a long way to go.’’

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