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Bulls' Rose 'far away' from return to games

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Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose, who began full contact practices two weeks ago, said Tuesday he is still "far away" from his return game action.

Bulls management has maintained that they don't want to rush Rose back. His return is still targeted for after the Feb. 17 All-Star Game.

"I don't have a set date," Rose told USA TODAY Sports. "I'm not coming back until I'm 110 percent. Who knows when that can be? It can be within a couple of weeks. It could be next year. It could be any day. It could be any time. It's just that I'm not coming back until I'm ready."

In his absence, the Bulls have held their own, trailing the Central Division-leading Indiana Pacers by a half game entering Tuesday's games. However, one source told ESPN Chicago that Rose's return this season is "50-50."

Rose is attempting to comeback from an ACL tear he suffered on April 28 during the opening game of the Bulls playoffs. His prognosis was 8-12 months of rehabilitation.
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