Derrick Rose takes next step in rehab

Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose has “made the next step” in his rehab after participating in five-on-five drills in practice, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau, but the organization still isn’t sure when the former MVP will return.

“The big thing is you have to recognize the intensity of practice is different than the intensity of a game,” Thibodeau said after Thursday’s shootaround as the Bulls prepared to face the Miami Heat. “So he’s made the next step, he’s got to do this for a while, there’s no timetable, he’s making good progress, he’s right where he should be, we just want him to continue to concentrate on the rehab and when he’s ready to go he’ll go.”

Rose spent some time after shootaround taking jumpers with his teammates. He said last week he “wouldn’t mind” missing the rest of the season if his knee still didn’t feel right.

Bulls center Nazr Mohammed said Rose doesn’t appear to be working like a player who might sit the season.

– Reported by Nick Friedell of ESPN Chicago