D-Rose expected to travel with team in few weeks.
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau has revealed that point guard Derrick Rose is off crutches and is “doing great” as he continues his rehabilitation from a knee injury.
The 25-year-old suffered a torn medial meniscus in his right knee back in November during a game against the Portland Trail Blazers, with the franchise ruling him out for the rest of the season.
However, speaking in his first press conference after sustaining the setback, he insisted that depending on the situation and whether he had fully recovered, he wouldn’t rule out a return in the playoffs, should the Bulls make the post-season.
“He’s coming along fine,” coach Tom Thibodeau said after Monday’s shootaround, as reported by ESPN.
“He’s off the crutches. He’s doing more and more but he still has a long way to go. But he’ll probably start travelling in the next couple weeks. He’s doing great.”
Rose has been seen at both the Berto Center and United Center in recent weeks while receiving treatment, and appeared to be in good spirits despite spending a second consecutive season on the sidelines.
There are no updated suggestions on when he will return to action, but the Bulls appear to be sticking with their initial recovery timetable which leaves Rose out until next season.
Meanwhile, Thibodeau also played down any problems with owner Jerry Reinsdorf, particularly after the Luol Deng trade last week.
The Bulls coach insisted that tough decisions are part of the sports business industry and that he has been treated well by the front office since his arrival in the city, and as a result he has full faith in the management moving forward.