Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thibs still leaving door open for Derrick
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau continues to leave the door open to the possibility of Derrick Rose returning during the playoffs, and while few expect that to happen, Thibodeau said it wouldn't be a problem for the Bulls to establish a rhythm with their point guard.
Rose underwent ACL surgery on May 12.
"The thing is he hasn't played all season," Thibodeau said on SportsCenter. "So he's doing well overall, he's not quite ready. But there's always a possibility.
"He's focused on his rehab and the guys that we do have available have to focus in on our opponent and being ready to play."
The Bulls open the playoffs at the Brooklyn Nets on Saturday.
""We knew this would be extended with Derrick from the summer," Thibodeau said. "And you don't replace a guy like Derrick individually, we understood that we would have to do it collectively. And that's the way we have approached it.
"He's been practicing with us for a good part of the season, so I don't think it would be a big adjustment at all (if he came back). Whatever he could bring would be a huge asset for our team."