Derrick Rose scrimmages with Bulls as familiar routine continues

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Bulls guard Derrick Rose takes a pass during practice as the Advocate Center on March 30th.

CHICAGO – Good news isn’t bad news when it comes to No. 1 and more came the way of the Bulls on Tuesday.

After doing some light scrimmaging over the past few days at practice Derrick Rose returned to the real deal on Tuesday at the Advocate Center. Head coach Tom Thibodeau confirmed that Rose participated in a full 5-on-5 scrimmage with the team, another step in his recovery from medial meniscus tear in his right knee.

“It’s just steady progress,” said Thibodeau of Rose, who has still not set a date for his return. “He’s got to continue to build. He’s got a long way to go and we have to focus in on what our team needs to do.”

Which is do what they’ve been doing since the fall of 2012-wait for Rose to recover in a set of specific steps. It’s become somewhat of a dreaded routine for the Bulls as their former MVP has struggled through a number of knee injuries.

“We’ve been through this a lot of years,” said forward Taj Gibson of Rose’s rehabilitation from injuries and the routines that go into it. “We’re used to it.”

Thibodeau is and he’s sure his guard-who didn’t speak on Tuesday-is a well.

"He's been through it," said Thibodeau of Rose. "He understands what he has to do. This isn't anything new. This is a third rehab for him, he's made it through two. So this one was minor compared to the other ones.

"So he's in a good place."

Maybe even a better one considering he'll return to the lineup much quicker than the previous injury. Unlike the 2012 playoffs tear which cost him the whole next season and the one in November of 2013 that cost him the majority of that season, Rose will only end up missing 4-to-6 weeks.

Rose has been in 46 games with the Bulls this season, averaging 18.4 points and five assists a contest. That's 36 games more than Rose played in the previous two seasons.

"The fact that he played a good chunk of the season is a plus," said Thibodeau. "In the previous years, he was out the whole year, he played ten games the one season. This year is different, he played in almost 50 games.

"So that's a plus. They have a good idea how they have to play off them, how he has to play off them. The challenge for all our players is to bring out the best in each other and not only themselves."

It's getting the opportunity that is most important when it comes to No. 1.


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