Thibs sounds optimistic on Rose
The Derrick Rose Watch probably won’t be over until it’s over -- either he’ll start playing or the Bulls’ season will end.
Coach Tom Thibodeau sounded encouraging when he answered the usual questions about Rose before Thursday’s game in Brooklyn.
“He's close, but he's not going to come back until he's ready,” Thibodeau said, according to espn.com.” He feels a lot better, but he's still not there.
Thibodeau was asked for his definition of “close.”
"To have the ability to do it every day," he said. "Like right now we're not doing a lot of scrimmaging because of where we are (in the season) so it's hard to gauge. But when we did scrimmage, I thought he looked very good. But the most important thing is him being comfortable so we got to let him work through it."
Both Rose and Thibodeau have said there is no “shut down” date. If Rose feels ready for Game 3 of the playoffs, he’ll play.
"It's on him and only he knows," Thibodeau added. "So we have to trust him. And as I've said many times, I trust him implicitly. He'll know when he's ready and when he is he'll go.”
The Bulls have eight games left in the regular season, beginning Friday against Orlando at the United Center.