Not sure if this is actual news or if Tom Thibodeau just phrased his answer differently, but during Wednesday's shootaround in Milwaukee, Thibodeau acknowledged that Derrick Rose is taking on full contact in practice.
Presumably, this means 5-on-5, anything goes, all-out scrimmaging. The Bulls aren't doing much of that at this point in the season. They've been bringing in some reserve players to play 2-on-2 or 3-on-3 with Rose for the past couple of weeks.
"He can do all the cutting, he can do shooting, he can go off the dribble," Thibodeau said, according to espn.com. "So it's just a matter of him getting acclimated to playing in a game situation."
Still no word on when he might return to game action. Rose tore the ACL in his left knee last year on April 28 in the playoff opener against Philadelphia.
With the ice show moving into the United Center, the Bulls' next home game is Feb. 11 vs. San Antonio. That's a conceivable return date, since Rose could play in a couple of games, then rest and assess during the all-star break.
After the break, the Bulls play in New Orleans on Feb. 19, then return home to host Miami two days later.