Up until the new year, the Chicago Bulls had endured a tough season once again. Piling on the losses, the Bulls have looked much different than they did just two short years ago. Point guard Derrick Rose suffered another significant injury, putting him out for what we thought was the entire season. Then, the team waived goodbye to a longtime fan favorite and brother to the players, Luol Deng, as he was traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Amidst all of the adversity, the Bulls have miraculously stormed back toward .500, winning five games in a row and eight of their last 10 overall. With the recent swing in the team’s mentality has come wins, and head coach Tom Thibodeau continues to say that’s all he cares about. Regardless of the rumors of the Bulls blowing things up and rebuilding, Thibodeau remains confident that he will not relent and continue to strive toward winning games.
Well, Chicago may have a bit of help in the near future in that effort — not necessarily on the court, but by way of a morale boost. CSN Chicago’s Aggrey Sam has reported that Rose is now in the next step of his rehab and will begin to travel with his teammates.
Thibs: Derrick off crutches, will probably start traveling in next couple weeks.
— Aggrey Sam (@CSNBullsInsider) January 13, 2014
Thibodeau also spoke to the media about his point guard and how the near future may shape up for him.
“He’s doing fine, coming along. He’s on a crutch, he’s got his brace, so I don’t want him sitting there like that now. He has started the rehab process and could become a fixture on the bench by mid-January.”
Thibodeau was asked about Rose’s ability to move and work out at this point.
“Well, he can lift upper-body, do all his rehab stuff, so he is starting to move around a little now. He can go in the pool.”
For the Bulls, this is incredible news. It is one step closer to seeing Rose return to the court yet again. While he may still be far off from playing, having him with the team is enough for now. Rose’s presence on the sideline and within his team huddles will do wonders for their confidence. Knowing their leader is one giant step closer to coming back should give the Bulls another boost they needed.