"He's doing exactly what he should be doing: Coming in, working extremely hard each day, in great spirits," Thibodeau said Thursday on ESPN 1000. "He's right where he should be. He just has to go through his process, getting stronger each day and just keep doing what he's doing."
With Rose's recovery from a torn ACL likely to keep him out for a signifcant portion of the 2012-13 season, the Bulls added another quick point guard when they selected Kentucky freshman Marquis Teague with the 29th pick in the NBA draft on Thursday.
Rose shares a college coach with Teague in John Calipari, who coached Rose at Memphis and Teague at Kentucky.
The rehabbing Bulls star proved to be a good sounding board for Thibodeau and Co. when it came to discussing college talent.
"Derrick, he's a (basketball) junkie," Thibodeau said. "He comes in every day, he talks about all the guys in the draft. We talk to him about college basketball and of course he follows Kentucky because of Coach Cal and (former Memphis and current Kentucky assistant) Rod (Strickland). But Derrick is on top of everything. He loves the game. He loves college basketball, he loves the pro game."
Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau joined Nick Friedell and Chuck Swirsky on draft night to talk about first-round pick Marquis Teague and Chicago's plans as free agency approaches.