Coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday morning that injured point guard Derrick Rose is progressing in his rehab from a torn right meniscus, but is not ready to join the team on the bench.
“He’s doing fine,” Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com. “Doing fine—coming along.”
Thibodeau said Rose hopes to rejoin the team on the bench soon, but he’s not there yet.
“Probably in the next few weeks,” the coach said. “He’s still … he’s on a crutch and he’s got his brace, so I don’t want him sitting there when he’s like that.”
Rose was ruled out for the season when he had surgery in November, but he left the door open to a possible playoff return a few weeks ago.
Meanwhile, guard Marquis Teague was sent to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League on Thursday, the second time he’s been sent down. But last time, he came right back to Chicago because Mike James was injured.
Teague played 51 minutes in two games against the Maine Red Claws Friday and Saturday, scoring 26 points on 11-of-23 shooting. But he scored 21 of those points in a 35-minute stint on Friday. In Saturday’s game, he was limited to 16 minutes.
As far as last week went, the Bulls split two games, winning at Brooklyn on Christmas Day before losing at home to the Mavericks on Saturday night.
Chicago is currently 11-17, good for ninth in the East, one game behind the eighth-place Boston Celtics. The Bulls trail the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers by 12½ games.
Here is the week that was, including game reviews, some news and notes, the rookie watch, injury updates and player of the week selection, as well as a look ahead to next week’s action: