Thibodeau says Derrick Rose running, cutting, on schedule

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In an almost reflexive manner, every time someone from the Bulls talks about Derrick Rose’s recovery they add “we’re not rushing him.” And they are not.

But Tom Thibodeau said he expects to see the Bull’s MVP back this season, as he told Aggrey Sam of CSNChicago.com.

“I do,” Thibodeau said prior to his team’s loss to visiting Boston. “He’s doing great. We have to be patient with it. He’s been very diligent. He’s in every day. He’s moving along. He started cutting. He’s been shooting for a while now. He’s feeling pretty good, so we just have to be patient.

“It’s the next step for him, so everything is going according to plan. He’s not ahead of schedule, he’s not behind schedule. He’s exactly where he should be.”

The original timeline for Rose’s return had him back around the All-Star break in mid-February or maybe as late as March. Of course, once he returns it will still be a while — likely next season — before he gets back to being the same Rose we remember. It takes a while for guys to get all their strength back and, more importantly, really trust that knee again and not hesitate.

But if you watched the Bulls loss to the Celtics Monday night, or really any of their games this season, the need for his offensive creation on that roster is painfully obvious.