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Derrick Rose return getting closer - almost ready for full-contact practice

Up until this point the Chicago Bulls have been very careful with Derrick Rose, only allowing him to participate in “predictable contact” practice. Rose might be ready to finally join his teammates in full-contact practice this week, ESPN reports.

According to ESPN, Bulls head coach Tim Thibodeau says that Rose has handled his part very well, remaining focused on making progress. Rose is very close returning to full-contact practice, but Thibodeau stressed that, after getting this far, the team will remain patient:

“He’s doing his part, he’s showing great patience and everybody else has to. He’s got to continue to focus on the rehab, our guys have to focus on their improvement and our opponent and then when he’s ready, whenever it is, when he’s ready that’s when he comes back. Not earlier than he’s ready, not later, it’s when he’s ready. Our doctors have been on top of it since day one so everyone just has to show patience.” – Tim Thibodeau

This is great news for the Chicago Bulls organization and its fans. The Bulls have held down the fort in Rose’s absence, holding the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference with a 24-16 record. Once Rose returns to the lineup, the Bulls could very well reignite their title hopes and emerge as a serious contender to come out of the East.

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