Rose Recovery ‘Right On Schedule’

HANG TIME HEADQUARTERS — The good vibrations surrounding the Chicago Bulls have more to do with the grinding they are doing in the Central Division these days without Derrick Rose.

In fact, they have everything to do with Rose and his recovery from ACL surgery, a recovery that Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says is right on schedule. Any doubts that Rose would be back in uniform this season are being massaged by reports that he could return sometime after the All-Star break in February.

Rose is already back on the court, according to Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald, who conveyed Thibodeau’s message regarding Rose this way:

“Everything is going according to plan,” Thibodeau said before Monday’s game. “He’s not ahead of schedule, he’s not behind schedule. He’s exactly where he should be.

“He’s doing great. You have to be patient with it. He’s been very diligent. He’s in every day. He’s moving along. He started cutting. He’s been shooting for a while now. He feels pretty good, so we just have to be patient.”

When the Bulls head out on the five-game circus road trip this week, Rose is expected to stay at his summer workout base in Los Angeles. The Bulls will spend three days in L.A. later this week before playing the Clippers on Saturday.

“We’re going to do what we think is best for both the team and Derrick,” Thibodeau said. “So on this trip, I like him being in one place, so he may meet us out in L.A., but for him the rehab has to be the priority. For us, it’s a long trip and we’re going to be jumping around, so he’ll be on the trip for part of it; he’ll meet us out in L.A.”

The longer the Bulls remain in the mix in the division without Rose, the better. Plenty of people wrote them off this season without Rose, yet the Bulls have shown themselves to be much more than the one-man crew so many assumed they’d be.

The Indiana Pacers were easy pick to pass them up in the division, but it’s the Bucks (4-2) and the Bulls (4-3) who are currently sitting atop the standings. All the Bulls have to do now is maintain their spot until the end of February, when a superstar reinforcement arrives.


  1. LeBUMjames says:

    Good Job.. DROSE. Can’t wait too see you re-tear your ACL again. HAHAHAHA. LOL JK. get well soon.

    btw, PG position has no challenge, so get back soon. hahaha

    – Rajon Rondo

  2. labado says:

    Rose will be back for sure, but he will never be the same…no more penetrations, no more impossible layups, he must adapt a more simple game etc improve his shot

    • bullsfan0218 says:

      I don’t think you’re in any position to make that call. Nobody knows how rose is going to play when he gets back, but he is an MVP and a great player with a killer instinct. I’d be willing to bet that hes coming back strong.

    • Anthony Hill says:

      Ah Micheal Jordan broke his foot what the second season with the Bulls? Not only did he come back better… Well you know the story. So next you’ll say D-Rose is NOT MJ and you would be right, however there is a certain running back in Minnesota that had a similar injury (worse actually) that’s now running people over, I say Drose comes back better than ever!

  3. WILKSY08 says:

    Love2Ball- Rubio was inured way before Rose. Rubio will be back before the All-Star break, Rose will be bak after it. This obviously means that Rubio could make the All-star game but Rose wont. Y do people never pay attention to the details before posting!

  4. Dixie Eli - TN says:

    good news, maybe he’ll be back earlier, all these boys got way too many injuries, steve nash, kevin love, danny granger this guy that guy an the other, how many stars gon be out this season?!? got the league runnin on fumes just about

  5. gorilla says:

    can not wait to see d rose play

  6. Michael says:

    Chi will be fine wihout Rose, any ever consider placing 4-6th seed wouldnt be such a bad thing. playing against NJ/Atl/76 etc wont be bad at all…they should dominate these team still and be able to rest their players throughout the series. Rose coming back will be still take time, dont want to rush him and expect.him to put up.same numbers, what we need to hope.for is Hinrich and Teague to stepup as well as Boozer…

    • Benjamin says:

      What about the Celtics? Don’t you see them on top spots, or should I say do you see them behind 76/Hawks/?

  7. Love2ball says:

    How come Ricky Rubio made it on the all star ballot, but Derrick Rose didn’t? Seems awful unfair and inaccurate.

    I look forward to both of their returns from injury, they help make the game of basketball amazing to watch.

    • Dixie Eli - TN says:

      well ricky rubio’s on the ballot cause the “n”ba is tryin hard as they can to “expand” to foreign audiences, theyre talkin bout movin out half the leauge to europe in 10 years…. theyre all doin this; NASCAR, NBA, nashville, atlanta, all this music and sports’re desperatly tryin to export emselves, they dont realize it’ll kill em, they take their own audience for granted and go lookin for fool’s gold in a foreign land, its doomed to failure if y’ask me, not only that it’ll kill what we got already and bastardize the whole thing…

      • David Mogrovejo-Araque says:

        And funny cuz Europe is all out of money. Nobody’s gonna want to watch NBA games they’ll be too preoccuppied with affording bread. Stay where the market has already been established and riped for picking.

  8. joliber says:

    hopefully he gets back soon so the Bulls can pose a serious threat in the Eastern Conference.. The Bulls needs D-Rose.. good luck, hoping for your fast recovery..

    • David Mogrovejo-Araque says:

      Funny how NBA fans know Bulls need Rose but can’t say the same for Stoudemire and Knicks

  9. foreignfan says:

    go D-Rose…hope to see you healthy,want to see you on All Star 2013 🙂

  10. Can’t wait to see the Bulls vs. Lakers… Get Rose healthy I want to see the best game possible.

  11. Let’s Go D Rose lol

  12. jose machado says:

    great news! but more than that, it´s how his body will recover, if he´ll have to adapt, to create a new game for any injury condition that the body could gain from that, hope that not happens, and rose can again express his basket on the floor loke before.

  13. Anthony Mazzucco says:

    Thats some of the best news yet Man i cant wait to see d rose get em back yeah boy

  14. henry grover says:

    good job derrick rose cant wait for you to get back on the court!