Rose misses scrimmage for 'planned rest'
September, 30, 2013
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com
AP Photo/Rick BowmerDerrick Rose took a planned "rest day" Monday, but will scrimmage on Tuesday.
DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose did not participate in any scrimmage drills Monday as the Bulls held him out for what coach Tom Thibodeau called 'planned rest.'
"We cut him out today," Thibodeau said. "It was planned rest. He did some, the warm-up phase, but today was a planned rest day for him. ... We went shorter today. We had a teaching segment that of course he participated in and then the warm-up phase, but then the live stuff we were planning on giving him today off."
Rose, who has not played in an NBA game since tearing his ACL on April 28, 2012, is still rehabbing the knee injury and Thibodeau has spoken openly about the organization's desire to take the process day to day. The veteran coach acknowledged that they may have more planned rest days for Rose throughout camp.
"We'll just see," Thibodeau said. "With all our players, usually the third day, this is the fifth practice, so we're dealing with heavy legs. We just thought we'd give him today off. Mentally he's sharp, he did his conditioning off the floor and he'll be ready to go (Tuesday)."
Thibodeau said they have liked what they've seen out of the former MVP since camp opened on Saturday, and that Rose would scrimmage on Tuesday. Rose has fit back in with his teammates well.
"No growing pains at all," Bulls forward Carlos Boozer said. "He came in almost like he never left. He did a great job of being in shape. We did a good job of being in shape so we could be on the floor with him, but it makes a huge difference, man."
Boozer and his teammates love being able to play with the talented point guard again and expect to be running up and down the floor once the season begins.
"Obviously, his scoring ability, but his playmaking ability has gotten leaps and bounds better and that's the fun part about playing with him,” Boozer said. “He can obviously score for himself but he makes so many plays for us where all we have to do is finish. It's fun, it's been fun so far.
"He is stronger and his accuracy from outside has gotten a lot better which is going to be scary because he's still quick and still super athletic. But you guys will see it soon -- he looks really good."
Thibodeau knows that it will be tough to tell how much rust Rose has shaken off until the Bulls open up their preseason schedule Saturday against the Indiana Pacers.
"We said we'd take it step by step from how he practices, and he's practiced very well, so the next step is to see where he is in a game," Thibodeau said. "So we're trying to get it as close to a game-like condition as we can. He's handled that part but there's nothing like a game. The preseason will be the next step, preseason games, and then of course there will be a different level once we get to the regular season. But he's prepared himself well."