Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said both Rose (groin) and Rip Hamilton (shoulder) were going to be game time decisions, but Rose admitted that he still hasn't taken contact in practice and hasn't done much running. The reigning NBA MVP is getting tired of having to answer questions about his health.
"That's the question of the day," he said after Saturday afternoon's practice. "I'm just trying to put it behind me, man, where I'm just trying to stay positive. It feels the same. I'm proving every day."
Rose, who trains in the offseason with Oklahoma City stars Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook, said he isn't tempted to return sooner than expected just because he has a chance to play against his friends.
"It's not tempting at all," Rose said. "Where I'm worried about my health right now. I think any ballplayer would want to play against a [team] like that, but every game has been tempting, I just haven't been able to play."
Rose, who has now missed 19 games on the year because of various injuries, continues his rehabilitation program, but he acknowledged that he hasn't been able to go through a whole practice up to this point.
"[He's] good," Thibodeau said. "A little more active. Today was just walk-through, some shooting and some film."
The brighter news for the Bulls is that Rip Hamilton continues to improve and could make his return Sunday after missing the past 13 games because of a shoulder injury.
"He had a good day," Thibodeau said.