Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose is looking like himself again, his coach says.
Rose sat out the entire 2012-13 regular season and playoffs while rehabbing from a torn ACL in his left knee suffered during the 2012 playoffs. He endured criticism for not returning despite being cleared by doctors to play, but coach Tom Thibodeau sees the results of waiting.
"Watching the way he's moving now, there's a confidence," Thibodeau told ESPNChicago.com. "(Reporters) may not have been able to see the total work he was putting in. But he was putting in an enormous amount of work each and every day. He just never got to the explosiveness he was comfortable with. I think he's there now. He feels great, and that's the most important thing."
Thibodeau put Rose through a workout a week ago and called his progress "great." He said Rose is running, lifting weights, shooting and playing basketball. The coach told ESPNChicago.com that Rose will begin working out next week with his trainer in Los Angeles.
"It was a smart decision to wait," Thibodeau said in the interview. "If you're not quite sure, and you're going to err, err on the side of caution. That's what he did. And now he feels great."
Contrary to reports during the latter part of the season, Rose was not at full speed all the time during workouts with the team, Thibodeau said.
"He was practicing and he was good sometimes, but he also wasn't able to make the kinds of plays he likes to make," Thibodeau said of the former NBA Most Valuable Player. "No one is more explosive and can change direction like him. He had to be capable of doing that. That's what makes him so unique, how quick and explosive he is."