With the apparent four-man race for MVP and whatever the hell is happening with the Lakers dominating NBA headlines thus far, Bulls fans may soon be bouncing off the walls. Head Coach Tom Thibodeau revealed before Monday’s matchup versus the Lakers former MVP Derrick Rose is “very close” to being cleared for a full contact practice regiment.
To be fair, “full contact practice” doesn’t exactly mean Rose is working on an exact schedule. “He has to go through that for an extended amount of time,” Thibodeau said. “That’s not going to be OK, one or two days of contact and he’s going to be out there, that’s not going to happen. Just be patient, everyone has to be patient.”
Patient doesn’t mean a return by the end of the week. Or the end of the month. Hell, not even the end of February. But “patient” is sounding more and more like a return is in the works for this season.