Derrick Rose, the oft-injured point guard for the Chicago Bulls, is reportedly ahead of schedule during his rehabilitation process.
Rose tore his medial meniscus in his right knee early in the 2013-2014 season after tearing his ACL last year.
The Chicago Sun-Times, citing a source close to the team, reported Rose is ahead of schedule.
And last Friday, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose could practice later in the season.
“I don’t want to jump to any conclusions, just going step-by-step … When he handles the next phase, then they’ll move him on to the next one. Just make sure he’s completely healthy, that’s all we’re thinking about,” Thibodeau said, according to the paper.
Thibodeau described Rose’s current condition.
He said, “He can shoot, he’s doing some jogging on a treadmill, he’s coming along. Still got to be patient, go step-by-step, nothing close to practicing.”
But according to an ESPN report earlier this month, Thibodeau said that Rose isn’t close to practicing anytime soon.
“The way that works is this,” Thibodeau said. “When something gets close or they think there’s something there that makes sense, they’ll come to me. But every conversation that they’re having, I don’t know about, nor do I want to know about. I think it’s important for me to be focused on the guys that we do have. This time of the year, that’s all normal.
He added: “We’re going to get calls because we have good players. [The front office] has to take those calls. They have to weigh whether something makes sense, whether it doesn’t. And then if they think it does, then they’ll get my opinion on it, and that’s all I can ask for.”