The 24-year-old Rose, a three-time NBA All-Star who became the youngest player ever to earn the Most Valuable Player award in 2011, suffered a torn ACL in his left knee on April 28 during Game 1 of the 2012 Eastern Conference quarterfinals series against the Philadelphia 76ers.
Long expected to reemerge at roughly the All-Star break, Rose, who Chicago took out of the University of Memphis with the first pick in the 2008 NBA Draft, has been participating in full contact practices for weeks.
“His game is explosion and stop-and-go and all that. So he has to feel very good about that,” said Thibodeau, 55, who agreed to lead Chicago in June 2010 and won the NBA Coach of the Year award in 2011.
Trying to contend with the Pacers for supremacy in the Eastern Conference Central Division with a decent 36-30 record, the Bulls can’t genuinely compete with the Miami Heat, New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets or Indiana sans a blooming Rose.
With a playing style based on “explosion and stop-and-go,” Derrick Rose should entirely heal and “feel very good” next autumn.by