Chicago Bulls star Derrick Rose made the next step in his recovery from surgery on a torn right meniscus, taking full contact in four-on-four scrimmages during practice on Monday:
Rose took full contact.
— K.C. Johnson (@KCJHoop) March 30, 2015
Rose underwent surgery on Feb. 27 to remove the damaged part of the meniscus. He was given a timetable of four-to-six weeks, so we’re just over the four-week mark. Rose said last week that he’d likely return to the court about a week or two after taking contact, so his return should come within the next two weeks, which is before the start of the postseason.
Rose didn’t speak to reporters on Monday, but Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau was upbeat about how his star point guard looked, per Johnson:
“He was aggressive,” coach Tom Thibodeau said. “He was a little winded, but we expected that. But overall, I thought it was good. He said he feels good physically. The big thing is going to be the wind and conditioning. He’s been out a long time.”
Rose has undergone three surgeries in 34 months. He showed some flashes of his old self at the start of this season before the third surgery, but he was also inconsistent with his shooting. The 26-year-old is averaging 18.4 points and 5.0 assists on the season while shooting 40.7 percent overall and 28.7 percent from three.