Thibs on Derrick Rose at practice: ‘He did what everyone else did’
BY JOE COWLEY firstname.lastname@example.org February 18, 2013 4:58PM
Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose works out before an NBA basketball game between the Bulls and the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, in Chicago. Rose is recovering from torn ligaments in his left knee. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)
Updated: February 18, 2013 10:57PM
There seemed to be a difference of opinion on how much Derrick Rose took on Monday, his first time going all out in a five-on-five scrimmage since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last April.
According to head coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose was “doing what he should be doing. He’s focused on his rehab, doing more and more. We just have to be patient. When he’s ready, he’ll go.
“He did what everyone else did. Just a normal practice.’’
Joakim Noah, however, fresh off of his first All-Star Game appearance over the weekend, had a different view of how much Rose participated.
“Just a little bit,’’ Noah said. “Not too much.’’
Then again, Thibodeau summed up statements that come from Noah with an “I don’t pay attention to what [Noah] says,’’ so it’s tough to decide who to believe.
What was known was that Rose ran with the first team, as well as working some second teamers in the mix to get a few different looks.
Kirk Hinrich, who had missed the last two weeks with an infection in his right elbow, got work as the starting point guard, but admitted that he was also bumped over to the two guard to work with Rose at the same time.
“It was good,’’ Hinrich said. “I have some experience doing that, so it was good just to see Derrick out there, and playing alongside him. We all needed the work.’’