Friday, January 31, 2014
Thibodeau: Rose not close to practicing
By Nick Friedell
NEW ORLEANS -- Derrick Rose is shooting more in practices, but he isn't close to practicing with the Chicago Bulls yet as he continues his rehab from a torn medial meniscus in his right knee, according to coach Tom Thibpodeau.
"He can shoot," Thibodeau said. "He's doing some jogging on a treadmill. He's coming along, still got to be patient, just go step by step. Nothing close to practicing."
Rose has already been ruled out for the season by the organization, and Bulls executive vice president John Paxson reiterated on ESPN Chicago 1000's "Waddle & Silvy Show" on Wednesday the Bulls are operating under that premise.
Thibodeau was asked if he would like to see Rose practice with the Bulls so that he could try to get a jump on his rehab heading into the offseason.
"I don't want to jump to any conclusions," Thibodeau said. "We're going step by step. When he handles the next phase, then we'll move him on to the next one. Just make sure he's completely healthy, that's all we're thinking about."
Aside from Rose's status, another big question hovering over the organization is whether it will make any more moves before the trade deadline. They traded All-Star forward Luol Deng away earlier this month, and another move or two could happen before the deadline. Thibodeau is comfortable with the way the process works between him and the front office in regard to potential deals.
"The way that works is this," Thibodeau said. "When something gets close or they think there's something there that makes sense, they'll come to me. But every conversation that they're having, I don't know about, nor do I want to know about. I think it's important for me to be focused on the guys that we do have. This time of the year, that's all normal.
"We're going to get calls because we have good players. [The front office] has to take those calls. They have to weigh whether something makes sense, whether it doesn't. And then if they think it does, then they'll get my opinion on it, and that's all I can ask for."
Thibodeau said Cartier Martin is no longer with the club after his second 10-day contract expired.