No problem for Derrick Rose in second 5-on-5 scrimmage
BY JOE COWLEY email@example.com February 20, 2013 11:25PM
Injured Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before the Chicago Bulls 103-89 loss to the San Antonio Spurs Monday February 11, 2013 at the United Center. | Tom Cruze~Sun-Times
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Coach Tom Thibodeau waited until he passed through the gathered media group after Wednesday’s practice before taking his shot.
“You guys got to learn patience,’’ Thibodeau 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, second, he continued to show he was scrimmage-ready, as he went through his second five-on-five full scrimmage 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 gamelike 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 that 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’s no timetable for his return, there’s also no drop-dead date in which Rose needs to be back on the court before the team would step in and tell him not to chance it.
“No, there is no [drop-dead date],’’ 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 Monday, as he worked with the entire team. Wednesday was a bit different, with Thibodeau holding Richard Hamilton, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer and Kirk Hinrich out of that aspect of practice for precautionary reasons.