The Bulls maintain that they wil not rush Derrick Rose back to the court which makes the following great news that Rose is able to do full 5-on-5 drils in practice as reported by ESPN.
DEERFIELD, Ill. – Derrick Rose checked off another box for a possible return to action. He practiced five-on-five for the first time this season on Monday afternoon. Rose had been cleared for regular contact for weeks, but the Bulls’ first post-All-Star break practice gave the team a chance for a full scrimmage at the Berto Center before departing for New Orleans. Bulls vice president of basketball operations John Paxson told “The Carmen, Jurko & Harry Show” last week on ESPN 1000 that Rose would participate in 5-on-5 drills after the All-Star break and the team will monitor how his body responds. Bulls guard Kirk Hinrich, who will return to action Tuesday against the Hornets after missing the last seven games with an elbow infection, said the Bulls did “probably three, seven-, eight-minute scrimmages.” ”He did what everyone else did,” Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said of Rose on Monday. “Just a normal practice.” As usual, the Bulls were tight-lipped on details of Rose’s participation. Joakim Noah would only say Rose did “just a little bit. Not too much.” ”He was able to get out there, it was good,” Hinrich said. “I’m sure it was helpful for him to give him a good gauge of where he’s at.” Last week, Rose said he couldn’t dunk in stride yet, giving reporters another recurring question to ask to measure his status. Noah said Rose didn’t dunk in practice. ”No, not yet,” Noah said. “Sorry.” Rose, who tore his ACL in the first game of the 2012 playoffs, made waves last week after stating he won’t come back until he’s “110 percent” to a USA Today reporter. He then told local reporters that if he wasn’t completely healthy, he would be fine with missing the entire season. ”I really don’t know,” Rose said in Boston on Feb. 13. “I’m feeling good, but like I said, if it’s where it’s taking me a long time and I’m still not feeling right, I don’t mind missing this year.” But Rose has been working out like he plans to come back soon. His teammates describe him as being the first one in the gym and the last one to leave. He’s been participating in limited practices for some time and traveling on the road. ”I would love to [come back this season],” he said in Boston. “I would love to. That’s why I approached my rehab and my workout so hard. I’m trying to get back on the court as quickly as possible, but if I have anything lingering on, it’s no point.” All season long, the Bulls have told reporters that Rose is right on schedule with his rehab work as reporters speculated on a post-All Star return. That didn’t change Monday during the team’s first post-All-Star break practice. ”He’s doing what he should be doing,” Thibodeau said Monday. “He’s focused on his rehab, doing more and more. We just have to be patient. When he’s ready, he’ll go.”