Tom Thibodeau Says It Will Be AWhile Before Derrick Rose Gets Contact In Practice

Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose has been practicing with his teammates, taking part in shooting drills, and select non contact drills.

The million dollar question now is when will Rose see full contact practice and most importantly, when will Rose be able to play in games.

Bull head coach Tom Thibodeau told ESPN Chicago that it would be a “step by step” process, and that contact is not imminent at this point.

“It’s going to be a while,” Thibodeau said before Friday morning’s shootaround in preparation for their game against the New York Knicks that the Bulls won handily.  “He’s just got to go step by step. This is all the normal course of his rehab, he’s doing fine.”

Thibodeau was asked if Rose would see contact at any time.

“Yeah, at some point,” he said. “You don’t go from A to Z, you have to go through each step. When he handles one step we’ll move on to the next one. But you have to be patient with this. This is the type of injury that takes time … there’s no contact so that’s where he is right now. We’ll let you know when there’s contact.”

“I think he’s in a great place,” Thibodeau said of Rose. “I think he understands what he’s trying to get accomplished. He’s handled that part great.”

“Your medical people, obviously Derrick,” Thibodeau said. “Those are the big hurdles that you have to get past. And then he’s got to be comfortable on the floor, so it’s right where we thought it would be and this is what you have to go through. We’re going to be patient and when he’s ready to go, he’s ready to go. There’s not any urgency other than Derrick’s doing everything he can to handle his rehab and that’s all his focus is on right now. And that’s all we want it to be on.”

I think Derrick should take the year off, but we’ll see where the Bulls are in late March before determining.