All had been fairly quiet on the Derrick Rose front until a report last week surfaced regarding the Bulls expecting the injured point guard back in time for the postseason.
Following surgery to repair the torn medial meniscus in his right knee on Nov. 25, the Bulls announced that Rose was out for the season. Most within the organization expressed hope that he could return to practice towards the end of the season, which would speed up his progress in being ready when training camp for next season begins.
On Wednesday, reporters asked Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau about Rose's status and the coach affirmed that Rose is still "out for the year," which would include the remainder of the regular season and the the team's postseason.
“He’s moving along fine," Thibodeau said. "He has picked it up a little bit. But there’s still no contact. He’s out for the year, but he’s doing well. Last week, he was doing parts of the non-contact. You know, we’re not practicing real long this time of the year. All the non-contact stuff he’s doing.”
Rose had begin doing some non-contact drills as of last Monday and his focus has been to get his surgically repaired right knee back to full strength, not for a postseason return. He plans to participate in the July minicamp for USA Basketball to select the World Cup team that will play in Spain in September.