Brian Spurlock-US PRESSWIRE
The Bulls have had a familiar name joining them during the contact-free portions of practice recently: former MVP point guard Derrick Rose.
While there's still no official timetable for his return, Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose fully participated in the non-contact portions of the team's practices over the weekend, CSN Chicago's Aggrey Sam reports. Even if the former MVP isn't taking contact in practices at this point, Rose's full participation is another step in the right direction.
Since injuring his knee in the first round of last year's playoffs, it's been a slow-but-steady process to get Rose back to full health. He's been running for weeks and his practice sessions have become increasingly intense as he grows more comfortable hitting top gear on his surgically repaired knee, though he's still avoiding contact.
Still, despite the significant progress being made by Rose, the team hasn't set any sort of date for the point guard's eventual return. Sam says that Rose's return date will be a "collective decision" made by the player's representatives, the organization and the medical staff, though Rose will ultimately make the final decision on when he's ready.
Sam also added that Rose will likely begin traveling with the team in January, giving his teammates additional support.