Derrick Rose can still return when ready, even in playoffs


Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says the teams only timeline given regarding Derrick Rose’s return is eight to 12 months, meaning the organization always thought Rose, who had surgery last May to repair a torn ACL in his left knee, could miss the 2012-2013 season.

Thibodeau was asked wether he thought the Bulls should have just declared Rose out for the season last fall.

“Obviously, you can look back and say that now, but we never felt that way. We knew it was the type of injury that takes time, so you just want to do what you feel is right and we feel like we’ve done that,” said Thibodeau via the Chicago Tribune.

“Derrick has put a ton into his rehab. He really has,” Thibodeau said. “He gives you maximum effort every day. There’s nothing more he could really do. Once he feels ready, he’ll go.”

Thibodeau continued to reiterate that there is no date for Rose to return, opening the possibility that he could play in the playoffs.

“Look, this was not unexpected. A player like Derrick there’s going to be a lot of attention on and rightfully so,” Thibodeau said. “This guy has done an incredible job with his career, with this franchise, and we understand how important it is. But it would be just as important for any other player. When a guy has an injury like that you have to be smart about it, you have to be patient, and you have to do what you think is right.

“We knew (missing the season) would be a possibility all along. We didn’t know when he would come back, other than, as I mentioned [Tuesday], Jerry [Reinsdorf] made it very clear how we were going to approach it and I believe it is the right approach. That’s the way we’re handling it.’’


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