Battling ‘some rust initially,’ Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose will play throughout the preaseason

Releasing any rancor, Bulls fans will soon be smiling with Derrick Rose.

Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Derrick Rose will play normal minutes with the starting rotation when the preaseason commences on October 4.

The 24-year-old Rose suffered a torn ACL in his left knee in Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals against the Philadelphia 76ers.

Despite being medically cleared on March 8 and participating in full contact practices for almost two months, the youngest man to ever earn the MVP award never performed in 2013.

“He’ll play like he normally would in the preseason,” said Thibodeau, 55, who agreed to direct Chicago in June 2010 and was the Coach of the Year in 2011. “Usually we start off with eight-minute segments for the starters, first and third period, and we’ll build from there. We’ll see what he can handle. I think there’s going to be some rust initially, but I fully expect him to get back to (being) the player we all know that he is.”

Thanks to ballsy competitors like Carlos Boozer, Luol Deng, Kirk Hinrich and Joakim Noah, the fifth-seeded Bulls nearly forced the Miami Heat to fly back to Chicago for a Game 6 in May.

Although calls for Rose to resurface were entirely understandable, it’s hard to fathom the native South-Sider wouldn’t have been on the hardwood without a solid reason.

Plus, even with a blooming Rose, Miami was eventually going to scorch this particular version of the Bulls.

Dismissing cries from fans and mounting criticism from onlookers, Rose wisely waited to fully mend.

Provided general manager Gar Forman does a solid job this summer, Derrick Rose and the Chicago Bulls could “build” into a dominant unit next winter.

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