Rose still not close to practicing with Bulls


DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau maintains that rehabbing point guard Derrick Rose is "nowhere near ready" to practice, but Rose is starting to do a little more on the court as he recovers from a torn meniscus in his right knee.

"He's basically about the same," Thibodeau said. "He's doing a little bit more, a little bit more running now. But he's still nowhere near ready to practice. But he's doing well. His spirit's strong, body feels good, so just keep concentrating on the rehab, be a great teammate, and that's what he's doing."

Rose is starting to jump more while taking shots, at least in the brief snippet of practice the media has been able to watch. Up until this point, Rose has usually just taken set shots while warming up on the floor.

Thibodeau didn't exactly rule out the possibility of Rose practicing, but he has made it clear that Rose will not play this season.

"We'll see where we are at the end of the year if he gets cleared to practice," Thibodeau said. "But there's no timetable on that. Just put everything you have into each and every day with the rehab, get stronger. We want to make sure he's completely healthy before he moves forward."

When asked specifically if Rose would be ruled out of practicing, Thibodeau was noncommittal.

"I don't even want to speculate," Thibodeau said. "If he can, he will. He's not close right now."