With 11 games left in the regular season, the Chicago Bulls are 23-13 at home and 40-31 on the season, second in the Central Division. They are fourth in the Eastern Conference, two game ahead of the Brooklyn Nets and have a good chance of securing first round home court advantage in the playoffs. The Bulls have played all but 10 games this season without point guard Derrick Rose and it was reported on March 25 that Rose would be unavailable for the playoffs. A bit of good news is that Rose has progressed his rehab to non-contact drills.
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As reported by the Associated Press at NBCChicago.com, Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose has been participating in non-contact drills in practice as he is working his way back from his second knee surgery. He also reiterated the fact that Rose would not play again this season.
Rose tore his meniscus in his right knee at Portland back in November after playing in only 10 games. Rose struggled in those games, shooting just 35.4 percent from the floor, and his scoring average of 15.9 points per game was the lowest of his career.
Rose is in his fifth NBA season out of Memphis. Rose has played only 49 games over the past three seasons and missed all of last year recovering from surgery to repair a torn ACL in his left knee. In 289 career games, all with the Bulls, Rose is averaging 20.8 points, 6.8 assists and 3.8 rebounds per game.