While Derrick Rose continues to make gradual progress from season-ending surgery to repair a torn right medial meniscus suffered in November, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau will continue to point out what the team has already ruled on his status for the year when it comes to questioning if the point guard will return to practice at any point this season.
“He’s out for the season. I don’t know what else you guys want,” said Thibodeau, growing frustrated with the questioning of Rose's progress. “And again, I think that’s a step-by-step thing. He’s doing great, he’s out for the season. Nothing has changed there and in the end, if it makes sense for him to practice, that’s what he’ll do. But he’s doing great.”
Thibodeau also stated that Rose is now doing some running without the AlterG (Anti-Gravity Treadmill).
“He’s moving along, but nowhere close to practice,” Thibodeau said. “He’s doing some running. He’s off the [zero-gravity] treadmill. Still on it at times, but his full weight now and doing lateral slides, and things like that. But nowhere near practicing or anything like that."
The AlterG Anti-Gravity Treadmill helps rehabilitate lower extremity injuries with less pain and less impact by helping reduce gravity's impact by selection of weights between 20-100 percent of an person's body weight by one percent increments.