Just a blip a yesterday from K.C. Johnson, but Derrick Rose is off of his crutches and will begin to travel with the team in a few weeks (presumably starting with the Ice Capades trip in February).
Tom Thibodeau basically just gave the, everything is fine, nothing to see here which is probably more or less the only reasonable response now anyway.
"He's coming along fine," Thibodeau said. "He's doing more and more, but he still has a long way to go."
The Bulls declared Rose out for the season. He suffered his injury on Nov. 22, and therapists interviewed at the time said the six- to eight-week mark is typically when patients no longer need crutches.
Thibodeau said Rose will "probably start traveling in the next couple weeks." In the direct aftermath of the injury, the Bulls said it'd be good for Rose to be around teammates during this rehabilitation.
Sounds like Derrick is right on track. It's been about eight weeks since the surgery, and he's now reportedly off the crutches right when he should be. He's not far ahead of schedule by any stretch, so dreams of Derrick Rose suiting up early probably seem unfounded at this point.
Last season, he likely could have first tried to give it a go in March, but he elected to remain extra cautious. This season the earliest he has a chance to be ready is late March and the late end of the time line would be in June.
The timeline is likely too tight to even begin to wonder what Derrick's thought process is. Does he stop and think "holy crap, my career is flashing before my eyes, I'm about to miss my third playoffs" or "these guys really need me with Luol out" or "why should I give a crap if management traded Deng, clearly they don't".
We have no idea what Derrick's thought process is, and the odds of him coming back seem long enough that his thought process really won't come into play anyway. Still, as Jim Carey knows, there's always a chance.
As for traveling with the team? I don't know, seems like a great way to just disrupt Rose's rehab to me. Why not stay back at a consistent spot with a consistent set of equipment and a consistent set of hours? Just seems like Rose would get better results staying at home.
I don't see the upside of him traveling with the team until he's able to return to practice. Maybe management wants him around so guys remember that they still have a chance to win big starting next season, maybe they want him out there for the fans, either thought seems silly compared to giving Rose the best rehab conditions possible to me.
While the window is small and increasingly unlikely, any hopes the Bulls have of winning a championship in the next half decade or so still rests on Rose's shoulders. The Bulls need to do everything in their power to make his knee better not try and make fans/teammates feel supported this year.