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Derrick Rose nearing full contact

Updated: January 22, 2013, 4:01 AM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose may be ready to take full contact in practice this week as he continues to rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee.

Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau admitted as much before Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Lakers.

"Very close," Thibodeau said, when asked if Rose would be cleared for full contact. "Very close. That will be the next step."

Up to this point, Rose has been taking what Thibodeau called "predictable contact" in controlled settings ...

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