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Derrick Rose approaching rehab just like you expect him to

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CHICAGO, IL - MARCH 24: Derrick Rose #1 of the Chicago Bulls watches from the bench as his teammates take on the Toronto Raptors at the United Center on March 24, 2012 in Chicago, Illinois. The Bulls defeated the Raptors 102-101 in overtime. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Derrick Rose is approaching rehab of his knee like he attacks the rim — with energy and undivided focus.

Did you expect otherwise?

Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau was on ESPN Radio in Chicago Friday and was asked about Rose’s recovery from knee surgery (transcription via

“He has a great support system,” Thibodeau said on “The Waddle & Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000. “His family is fantastic. They’ve been great with him.

“He comes in every day. He’s diligent. He’s moving along well….

“I think he understands what he has to go through, and he’s approaching it like he does everything else,” Thibodeau said. “His rehabs are his games and practices right now. His concentration in rehab is fantastic. He just has to be patient and keep doing what he’s doing.”

Rose ripped up his ACL near the end of Game 1 of the opening round of the playoffs. The Bulls didn’t advance without him (Joakim Noah was also banged up against the Sixers). The recovery time is expected to take until around Christmas at the earliest and maybe through the All-Star Game and beyond.

But if he’s rehabbing like this, bet on the early end of that scale.