Bulls’ Derrick Rose takes another big step in the rehabilitation process
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org January 8, 2013 9:50PM
Bulls guard Derrick Rose shoots around during a short workout before the Chicago Bulls-Indiana Pacers NBA game Tuesday December 4, 2012. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
Updated: February 10, 2013 6:02PM
“Predictable contact’’ still doesn’t mean a predictable return date for Derrick Rose, but the fact that the Bulls’ all-everything point guard took another step in the rehab process this week has brought more than a few smiles to the Berto Center.
“It’s exciting stuff, what’s going on over here,’’ center Joakim Noah said Tuesday. “We’re working hard, we’re playing good, we’ve got some big games coming up, and you know we’ve got our MVP. He’s going to come back, so it’s pretty cool.’’
Coach Tom Thibodeau said Rose took part in a controlled practice and got in some one-on-one work. If all goes well in this step of the rehab, it’s full practice time with full contact next.
“Basically, he’s doing what we call predictable contact,’’ Thibodeau said. “Knowing what’s coming. So he’s handled that part great. He’s done a little one-on-one. That’s coming around, but everyone has to be patient. The next step will be a regular practice, and he hasn’t done that yet. Once he does that, then you know he’s getting closer.’’
As far as a timetable on when that could take place, Thibodeau was adamant about not skipping steps.
“We’ve got to feel good about this,’’ Thibodeau said. “The most important thing is he’s got to feel good about it. It’s the type of injury that you have to be patient, and he’s handling his part great. He’s upbeat, he’s doing his rehab daily, and that’s his entire focus.’’
Down goes Skiles
The Bucks, who play the Bulls on Wednesday at the United Center, parted ways with coach Scott Skiles. Assistant Jim Boylan will take over for the rest of the season.
Skiles coached the Bulls from 2003 to ’07 and played under Thibodeau in Philadelphia.
“I think he’s a great coach,’’ Thibodeau said. “You hate to see it. You hate to see anyone leave during the season, but I guess that’s the nature of the business.’’
Point guard Kirk Hinrich was held out of practice after he injured his right elbow in the victory Monday over the Cavaliers. Thibodeau said he’s day-to-day, but it sounded as if he’d play against the Bucks.