Another story, no news on Rose
Melissa Isaacson does a nice job of rehashing Derrick Rose's rehab in a story posted on ESPN Chicago on Friday, but there's still no word on when he might take the court.
This story says Rose has been cleared to play by doctors. He's been practicing full speed for more than a month, so that's not a revelation.
It also says Rose doesn't feel fully comfortable jumping off his left leg. This information was mentioned during the Bulls-Sixers TNT broadcast on Feb. 28.
It's been clear for a few weeks that Rose's return is a matter of him telling the team he's ready to play. This could happen anytime and I don't think anyone has a handle on the exact date. As coach Tom Thibodeau says, he'll play when he's ready.
The Bulls' ideal plan since last summer has been for Rose to play this season, so he can begin to regain confidence in his reconstructed left knee. So it's not likely they'll say, "It's April and we're not going to beat Miami, anyway, so don't bother coming back." The doctors believe playing this season is an important step for his well-being heading into next season.
Rose is not likely to play tonight against Utah. But as I've been saying for a while, it could literally happen any day. The Bulls will be in California next week while the Big Ten Tournament fills the United Center, with games against the Lakers, Sacramento and Golden State.
Kirk Hinrich (foot), Richard Hamilton (back) and Taj Gibson (sprained knee) will not play against the Jazz. Utah top scorer Al Jefferson has missed the last three games with an ankle sprain and is said to be a game-time decision.