Updated: March 18, 2013 12:46PM
The social media-hyped Monday comeback of Derrick Rose proved to be just that – hype – as the reality of the situation again showed itself following the shootaround at the Berto Center.
According to Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau, Rose’s return to the court tonight against Denver was “unlikely.’’
Basically the same status he gave over the weekend in Oakland, when there was growing speculation that the MVP would make his debut against Golden State.
Rose took part in the shootaround and even had a conversation with general manager Gar Forman afterward, but his return from May surgery to repair the torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee remains more about when he feels right rather than ill-founded speculation.
The media will keep asking, and Thibodeau will keep answering.
“No, we knew it was going to be like that,’’ Thibodeau said, when asked if the Rose questions were getting old. “[The media has] a job to do, I have a job to do, [Rose] has a job to do. That’s all part of it. We just deal with it and move on.’’
It wasn’t all bad for the Bulls, however, as Taj Gibson and his sprained left MCL made huge strides on Monday, and after missing the last nine games, could return.
“It was encouraging to see him do the things that he did [Monday afternoon], but we’ll see tonight,’’ Thibodeau said. “[Gibson] has the ability to play both positions, a great defender, and he’s an underrated offensive player, so we miss that part. But as I’ve said, we have enough.’’
Kirk Hinrich [stress reaction in his right foot] didn’t do much in the shootaround, so was doubtful, while Rip Hamilton [back] was also still on the shelf.
“It’s all part of it,’’ Thibodeau said of the injury problems. “We have more than enough. If we do the right things we’ll be in position to win. That’s the challenge for us. In some ways, I think it’s been good. Guys have had the opportunity to grow and show what they can do. For us, we have to do it collectively. We knew going into the season it was going to have to be done that way. What the season has shown us is when we do it that way we’ve been successful, and when we haven’t we haven’t had the success we would have liked.’’