The Chicago Bulls today announced that Derrick Rose, who is recovering from injury, has returned to practice with the second team. However he is unlikely to feature on the court at any point during the remainder of the season.
“We’ll find a way to utilize him,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “Right now he’s working more with the second unit so that’s basically how we’re using him, but he’s done a great job with his leadership and he wants to help in any way that he can. So it’s all a plus, he’s coming along, he’s going to be fine, so we’re encouraged by his progress. But right now we’re concentrating on what we have to do the rest of the way.”
Rose is recovering from his second serious knee injury in three years after he missed the entire 2012-13 season with an ACL problem. He returned for the beginning of this season but suffered a torn meniscus in his other knee which will now rule him out for the rest of the campaign.
The Bulls, without Rose were eliminated by the Miami Heat in the Conference Semi finals and it would seem likely that a similar fate will await the team this year. Despite currently sitting in fourth position in the Eastern Conference, the Bulls without Rose and Luol Deng will be no match for the Heat or Indiana Pacers in the playoffs.
However, this Bulls team has shown a lot of heart to even get into the playoffs with few recognisable stars and Rose's sheer presence around the team could boost Thibodeau's team to even higher levels.