Go ahead and raise your hand if you thought the Chicago Bulls would own the fifth-best record in the Eastern Conference nearing halfway mark of this season knowing reigning league MVP Derrick Rose was on the mend?
There is a pretty good chance not many palms are pressed to the air including some fans around Chicago. But knowing this team possesses a record of 24-16 without Rose in the mix only increases the excitement of him taking the “next step” to returning from a torn ACL.
On Tuesday, the Bulls grew closer to clearing Rose for full contact according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.
He’s been cleared for more contact so we went to the next step today," Thibodeau said.
"It’s the next step in his rehab. Everyone has to be patient. He’s doing fine. He’s playing more, practicing more. We want him to concentrate on his rehab. We want the team to continue concentrating on improvement and the next opponent. Nothing has changed.
Well, that is partially true.