The Return is near. Derrick Rose, Chicago Bulls superstar, could be returning to the court soon. Generally, the final stage in any rehabilitation program in the NBA is the full contact practice phase. Rose could be nearing that point, and if he does get cleared for full contact practice, a return to game action won't be far off.
According to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago, Rose could participate in full contact practice as early as this week. Coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose was close.
“[Rose is] very close. That [full-contact practices] will be the next step,” Thibodeau said with a wry smirk on his face. “It could [happen this week].
All along, the rumors have been that Rose would make a return to the court in February. The team and Rose never commented specifically on when they thought he would be back, but his rehab has remained on schedule, he has not hit any setbacks, and February marks the approximate time in which a player would come back from the type of injury Rose suffered.
When Rose makes his return, the rest of the Eastern Conference will need to be on alert. The Bulls could easily make a sudden run with Rose running the point again. The team is currently in fifth place in the Eastern Conference standings.