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Bulls’ Derrick Rose Close to Returning

NBA via Chicago Bulls(NEW YORK) -- The Chicago Bulls still find themselves among the better teams in the Eastern Conference even without former MVP Derrick Rose in the lineup the whole season. That all could be changing as Rose is inching closer to returning to the court.

Rose tore his ACL on April 28 during the team's playoff series against the Philadelphia 76ers. He underwent surgery on May 12, and has been working his way to return to action ever since. Rose started cutting on his injured knee more than a month ago, and had already been shooting and running for a little while now.

"He's right on schedule," Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said on "Mike and Mike In the Morning" on ESPN Radio. "He's not ahead of schedule. He's not behind. We have to be patient. It's the type of injury that you have to take your time with, and when he's ready to come back, he'll be ready to come back. There is no time scheduled for it."

When healthy, Rose is one of the best players in the entire NBA. In 39 games last season, Rose averaged 21.8 points and 7.9 assists per game.

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