Derrick Rose off crutches, nearly ready to travel with Bulls

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Derrick Rose has reportedly entered the stage of recovery, where he no longer needs crutches. Rose is expected to resume traveling with the Chicago Bulls within the next few weeks.

This will obviously be a small step towards his recovery, but it’s a goo sign for the star point-guard, as he continues his second-consecutive journey to return from season-ending surgery.

“He’s coming along fine,” Tom Thibodeau said after Monday’s shootaround. “He’s off the crutches. He’s doing more and more but he still has a long way to go. But he’ll probably start traveling in the next couple weeks. He’s doing great.”

Rose missed last season, as he recovered from a torn ACL in his left knee. This newest injury is a torn meniscus in his right knee. The best news for Rose and the Bulls was the fact that these two injuries are completely unrelated. Rose had emerged as one of the league’s premier players, but his recent injury woes have forced the Bulls hand a bit. Chicago parted ways with forward, Luol Deng, last week, in a deal that garnered them three future draft picks from the Cleveland Cavaliers.

“Look, Jerry’s owned the team a long time,” Thibodeau said. “Not many people own two major sports franchises. So I think he has a very good understanding of winning and losing and what goes into it. There’s a lot of tough decisions that have to be made. I don’t think he ever shies away from that. And he’s treated me great so that’s all I can go by.”

Rose will need to wait until next season to try and make his next comeback, but all signs look to be good as of right now.

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