Jan 18, 2013; Boston, MA, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose (1) warms up prior to a game against the Boston Celtics at TD Garden. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Chicago Bulls Rumors: Derrick Rose 'Very Close' To Being Cleared For Full Contact

Chicago Bulls star guard Derrick Rose is still recovering from a torn ACL suffered last season, but he could be nearing a return. If reports are correct, Rose could be cleared to resume full contact next week in practice. At least that is what Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is saying these days.

Very close,” Thibodeau said, when asked if Rose was near being cleared for full contact, per ESPN. “Very close. That will be the next step.

“He has to go through that for an extended amount of time. 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.

“He’s doing his part, he’s showing great patience and everybody else has to. He’s got to continue to focus on the rehab, our guys have to focus on their improvement and our opponent and then when he’s ready, whenever it is, when he’s ready that’s when he comes back. Not earlier than he’s ready, not later, it’s when he’s ready. Our doctors have been on top of it since day one so everyone just has to show patience.”

According to Thibodeau, Rose has been impressive during his rehab and the coach is pleased with his star’s recovery.

“He’s great,” Thibodeau said. “He’s handled his part, you couldn’t ask for anything more. And that’s who Derrick is. So he just has to keep focused, doing the things that he’s been doing, his attitude is terrific, and just focus on the rehab.”

When Rose returns to the lineup, he will be a major boost for the Bulls if he is 100 percent healthy. This bit of news has to be thrilling for the Chicago organization and their fan base.

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