Butler back for Bulls; Rose running


CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose has started running on his own as he continues to work his way back from season-ending knee surgery, according to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau.

"(Things are) basically the same," Thibodeau said. "Doing a little bit more. He's moving along, but nowhere close to practice. He's doing some running. So he's off the (anti-gravity) treadmill. Still on it at times, but his full weight now and doing lateral slides and things like that. But nowhere near even practicing or anything like that."

Thibodeau chuckled when asked if the Bulls would declare that Rose wouldn't practice again this season.

"He's out for the season. I don't know what else you guys want," Thibodeau said. "Again, I think that's a step by step thing. He's doing great. He's out for the season. Nothing's changed there. In the end, if he's where it makes sense for him to practice then that's what he'll do. But he's doing great."

The Bulls did get some good news on the injury front as Thibodeau said that Jimmy Butler would return Wednesday night after missing the last two games because of bruised ribs.