With Derrick Rose making his first appearance on the sidelines, albeit in street clothes, Sunday night in the Bulls loss to the Indiana Pacers, the speculation on his eventual return heightened.
The hysteria will now reach a frantic level as coach Tom Thibodeau announced during Tuesdays afternoon’s practice in San Antonio that Rose’s status is officially day-to-day.
As he has all season, the head coach preached patience with the status of Rose.
“There’s a lot of people that have to weigh in on it and obviously he knows his body,” Thibodaeu said. “Everybody’s got to sign off on it. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. Nothing has changed for us. For our team, I want them to continue to concentrate on improvement and our opponent. And for Derrick, I want him to continue to concentrate on his rehab. We’re 60 games into this now.
“I think going into the season, we had a lot of question marks. I think we have more answers now. We’ve figured out, I think, who we are. We’re heading down the stretch. We’ve got to continue to improve and then we’ll go from there. It’s day-to-day. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. We just want him to continue to improve, focus on his rehab and then, when he’s ready to go, we’ll all know. Everyone has to remain patient.”
With 22 games remaining in the regular season, one would think that Rose’s return will happen any day now and the change in status only adds fuel to that fire.