Derrick Rose back in full contact
Derrick Rose should be back after the All Star game February 17. He now has no physical limits since his ACL tear and is participating in full contact practices.
Tom Thibodeau, Chicago Bulls coach, said on Wednesday, before the shootaround in Milwaukee before playing the Bucks, that Rose is back in full contact practices, according to ESPNChicago.
Thibodeau said, ”He can do all the cutting, he can do shooting, he can go off the dribble. So it’s just a matter of him getting acclimated to playing in a game situation.
“You have to understand that in practice you’re striving to get as close to a game-like intensity as you can, but you also have to understand that you’re not going to be able to get there, so that will be a whole different level. And we have to make sure that he’s ready to handle that intensity.”
There is no set time table for Rose’s return. The Bulls are going to take it easy with Rose and not rush his return.
Rose tore his ACL in game one of the first round playoff series against the 76ers. He averages 21 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds in his career. The Bulls are in third place in the Eastern Conference with a record of 27-17.
SI.com reports that, since his injury, Adidas has been documenting in a national video ad campaign Rose’s rehabilitation. In his final video, Rose said, “They see me lifting all the time, shooting, just trying to do extra just to show them that just because I’m not on the court with them that I’m still working my butt off so that I can get back on the court as quick as possible.”
Looks like that will be sometime late next month and it will be exciting to watch him return to the court.