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Derrick Rose Begins Rehab — Again

It’s frustrating for Chicago Bulls fans to endure. It’s frustrating for coaches to comprehend. It’s frustrating for teammates to absorb.

And worst of all, it’s just plain frustrating for Bulls’ guard Derrick Rose.

Rose is out of the Bulls’ lineup for the foreseeable future (again) after having surgery on Friday to repair a torn medial meniscus in his right knee. But Rose was already back at the Bulls’ training facility on Saturday to begin another rehab stint.

Chicago head coach Tom Thibodeau spoke about Rose and the road that lies ahead.

“He’s good,” said Thibodeau. “He came in, started his rehab, it’s good.”

The Bulls expect Rose to only miss 4-6 weeks meaning that he should (‘should‘ being the operative word here) be back in time for the playoffs.

As for how Rose looked or what he was able to do with his knee right after the surgical procedure, Thibodeau and the Bulls aren’t saying.

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“It’s just the initial steps,” said Thibodeau. “But we’re cautiously optimistic, he’s in good spirits. He’s on it, so it’s good.”

Thibodeau went on to mention that Rose does have a full rehab schedule in place mainly due to the assistance from team trainers and doctors. He also added that the entire process is nothing new for Rose.

“It’s mapped out with the medical people,” said Thibodeau. “The one thing about Derrick is he’s been through a few of them. He’ll follow the plan and hopefully everything goes fine.”

Back on Apr. 30, 2012, Rose tore the ACL in his left knee that forced him to miss the remainder of the playoffs that year and the entire 2012-13 season. And then on Nov. 22 , 2013, he tore the medial meniscus in his right knee which forced him to miss the remainder of the 2013-14 season.

“He’s been through two tough ones,” said Thibodeau. “I think he’s gained confidence from that. The ACL knee is great and he knew [a re-tear] was a possibility going in. He’s in a good place and he’ll deal with it. He’ll get past this.”

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