Chicago Bulls: Derrick Rose is off crutches

Nov 22, 2013; Portland, OR, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) yells at the officials and is given a technical foul during the third quarter of the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moda Center. The Blazers won the game 98-95. Mandatory Credit: Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The last memory most fans have of Derrick Rose this season is him injuring his knee and leaving the arena in a red jumper and on crutches. The Chicago Bulls superstar is out for the rest of the season, but he is making some progress. According to head coach Tom Thibodeau Rose doesn’t need crutches to move around anymore.

Derrick Rose has taken another important step in his rehabilitation from a second consecutive season-ending knee surgery. Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said on Monday morning that the 2010-11 NBA MVP is now walking without crutches and could start traveling with the team soon.

“He’s doing fine,” Thibodeau said. “He’s off the crutches. He’s doing more and more, but he still has a long way to go. He’ll probably start traveling in the next couple of weeks, but he’s doing great.”

(via USA Today)

It’s great to hear that Rose is now able to walk, even though the road ahead remains pretty long. Meanwhile, the Bulls are moving on without Rose and basically threw in the towel on this season by trading away Luol Deng. They’ll likely look to quickly rebuild their roster around Rose this summer.

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