Derrick Rose practiced for the second day of the Bulls two-a-day weekend sessions without any limitations. On Saturday, the point guard said that he’s going about things without any worries over his surgically repaired knee.
“The thing for us going in was we knew he put a lot of work in over the last season and then the offseason,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We just want to evaluate based on day to day and practices and making sure he doesn’t have any problems. He’s moving well. We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, just see how it unfolds. That’s normally what you would do with your starters anyway. And then once the game comes, we’ll see how he handles those minutes. The big thing is he has practiced two days and he’s fine. Then he’ll play and we’ll see where he is after he plays. I don’t foresee any problems.”
After lots of starting and stopping in the first morning session on Saturday, Sunday’s practice saw the intensity and pace pick up. Rose has the benefit of knowing the games of Luol Deng, Joakim Noah, Carlos Boozer. He has to adjust to a new backcourt partner in Jimmy Butler and after missing all of last season, there’s the issue of timing and getting on the same page.
“There’s an adjustment. He’s been around, and obviously the core of the team has played with him before so that’s to me a big plus. But you have to re-establish your chemistry. We start from a zero base from last year and build from there, but the fact that these guys have been together for a while has been a plus.
“There’s some ups, some downs. It’s not just him. That whole unit has to get used to playing together, playing to their strengths and covering up their weaknesses. It’s not only his timing but it’s everybody’s timing and spacing and execution. That’s on both ends.”