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Derrick Rose takes 'next step'

Updated: January 22, 2013, 6:06 PM ET
By Nick Friedell | ESPNChicago.com

DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose took "the next step" in his return from knee surgery by taking more contact in practice on Tuesday.

"He did a little bit more," Thibodeau said afterward. "He's taking on some contact. He's doing fine. He's been cleared for more contact so we went to the next step today."

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

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