After a recent practice at the Berto Center, Derrick Rose had a long talk with Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau. His teammates consistently talk about seeing Rose working hard to rehabilitate his left knee after surgery in May to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament.
However, having him sit on the bench during games likely won't happen often, if at all. Though by all accounts Rose's rehab is progressing well, taking the chance of having action spill into him while sitting is an unnecessary risk.
"He may," Thibodeau said when asked if Rose will sit on the bench. "It depends on what's going to serve us best. He's usually doing rehab during the games, so I want that to be the focus
"He may travel some. He may not. If it better serves us to have him here or someplace doing rehab, we'll do that."
There is talk Rose could return to his offseason home in Santa Monica, Calif., for rehab work. The Bulls have made it clear they won't be giving daily updates on Rose.
"He's around the team plenty," Thibodeau said. "We see him and he's working extremely hard, so he's giving all that he can give at this time. At some point, he'll rejoin us and we'll move on from there."