Thibodeau: Derrick Rose 'moving along'

January, 4, 2013
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MIAMI -- Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose spent Friday morning participating in his team's shootaround on the road, the second time he's done that in less than a week.

Rose, who was also with the Bulls in Orlando, spent time shooting on the floor in Miami before the media's allotted time had come to an end. He still hasn't been cleared for contact, but Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose is doing more and more each day.


Thibodeau was asked before Friday night's game what it means to have Rose traveling with the team again.

"It means he's moving along," Thibodeau said. "And then this is the next step, so he's doing more and more in terms of practicing with the team. But he still has to focus on his rehab. The team has to focus on improvement and our opponent, so it's just the next step in his progression."

Thibodeau said the Bulls' style won't be different when Rose returns.

"We haven't changed the way we're going to play," Thibodeau said. "For us, it's going to be our defense, our rebounding, taking care of the ball, playing inside-out and [sharing] the ball. Your players can change, whether it's through injury, trade, free agency, whatever it might be. Whatever your players' strengths are you want to play to those strengths and cover up your weaknesses. But overall, philosophically, we don't want to change, we want to play the same way from the start of the season to the end of the season."

Rose may not be playing Friday night, but his presence is still being felt in Miami. Heat stars LeBron James and Dwyane Wade said they had not spoken to Rose since his injury, but both hoped he would be back and healthy soon.

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Nick Friedell is the Chicago Bulls beat reporter for ESPN Chicago. Friedell is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University and joined ESPNChicago.com for its launch in April 2009.

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TEAM LEADERS

POINTS
Jimmy Butler
PTS AST STL MIN
21.6 3.2 1.6 39.2
OTHER LEADERS
ReboundsP. Gasol 10.5
AssistsD. Rose 5.0
StealsJ. Butler 1.6
BlocksP. Gasol 2.3