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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Thibodeau: Rose 'right where he should be'

By Melissa Isaacson

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Derrick Rose fever continued at the Berto Center on Wednesday. Lest that start any new rumors, the Chicago Bulls star is perfectly healthy. But the questions continue at an infectious pace with each new scrimmage demanding new evaluations.

Rose scrimmaged with the non-starters but when asked to comment on an ESPN report that Rose is game-ready, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau wouldn't bite.

"It's hard to say," Thibodeau said. "He's made some good steady progress. He's right where he should be. There has to be an understanding that in practice you're trying to get to a game-like intensity and you know you're never going to get there, so there's a whole different level to playing in an NBA game. He's making good, steady progress, he's doing fine, he's got to continue to work on his rehab."

As Rose shot solitary jump shots after practice with his usual accuracy, Thibodeau was asked if his continued rehab from knee surgery last summer was more a psychological or physical battle.

"We're not saying it's mental or physical," Thibodeau said. "He just has to continue to work on his rehab and keep concentrating on that. When he's ready to go, we'll know and then he'll go. There's no timetable."

Oh yes, and Thibodeau did confirm that Rose is not playing against the Miami Heat on Thursday night.