Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau gave the expected response when asked about the health status of his backcourt both Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton are game-time decisions for Monday nights game against Denver at the United Center but one of his starting guards shed some light into his rehabilitation.
Its day by day. Its getting better every day. Im able to move a little bit more. Im getting treatment twice a day, so hopefully Ill be out there soon, Rose said after Monday mornings shootaround at the Berto Center. Im trying to rush back as quick as possible, but my groin, this is my first time ever injuring that and it takes a little time, and every day its getting better.
Ive missed a lot of games, man, so hopefully when Im out there you see someone with fresh legs and a lot of energy. I know my conditioning will be a concern, but hopefully the more games I play and get ready for the playoffs, I should be all right, continued the reigning league MVP, whos embarked on a rigorous recovery process that includes electronic muscle stimulation, massages pool work and running on a treadmill. Right when I feel that Im ready, Im going to go out there and play, no matter who says whatever. The call is up to me and right when I feel like Im 100 percent or close to it, Im going to go out there and play.
Thibodeau added about Rose, who was shooting the ball after practice and casually retrieved his rebounds he didnt attempt a full gait, but looked more comfortable trotting than he did even walking just a week prior who the Bulls have posted a 12-4 record without: Hes doing more and more. Hes coming along, so both guys are coming along pretty well.
Although the Bulls have been playing well with their homegrown superstar going on seven consecutive games now, it's something that hasnt gone unnoticed by Rose.
Theyre playing great without me. Theyre rebounding the ball great. I think thats the reason why were winning these games, he said. Weve been playing good. Were playing with a lot of confidence. Theyve been finding ways to win at the end of the games and our energy is the biggest concern now.
Its definitely hurting me right now to be missing these games, but my health is the biggest thing right now. Im trying to get healthy, just trying to stay positive, cheer on my teammates and just try to do the right thing, the 23-year-old added, before discussing Saturdays buzzer-beating overtime win over the Raptors. A win is a win in this league. Every team in this league is a good team. They can beat you any given night and Lu hit a great shot.
Rose knows that in his fourth season, hes no longer the invincible kid who can simply play through anything without thinking of his long-term health, meaning this injury-riddled campaign has been a bit of a wake-up call.
A little bit. Things just happen. Thats the way I look at it. God does everything for a reason and thats the way Im looking at it. Im just trying to stay positive, not be around here just groaning and moaning all day people dont want to hear that and try to do my best to get back, he said. When Im out there, Im not going to try to hold back anything. Im going to give it my all, as long as Im on the court.
Rose also discussed the possibility that his litany of ailments could be connected to his bad back, as well as the fact that his current injury, a strained right groin, was bleeding internally.
Probably so, when you think about it. Its all my lower body. I think so, but hopefully after all this treatment, therapy Ive been getting, it goes away, he said. His groin bleeding was pretty scary, but I knew that it wasnt anything to worry myself about. Rip had the same thing almost his whole career and hes been playing. I just try to stay positive and keep my spirits high.