(DEERFIELD, Ill.) — Just two days after missing a preseason game in Rio because of soreness in his surgically repaired left knee, Chicago Bulls guard Derrick Rose practiced in full Monday.
“My knee was good,” Rose said. “I never was worried about it. I could have played but the front office made a decision to sit me out. My health is the number one (concern).”
While soreness in Rose’s knee may have alarmed fans, Rose says he was told that soreness would be a possibility throughout rehab.
“It’s soreness,” Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said. “We’re in training camp right now. This is an important time for us. We want everyone to work but we also want to be smart. And I think it was unusual with the travel (to Brazil) that was involved, particularly where we played those two games and then we basically flew all night and we had a lot of stuff going on during the day where guys couldn’t get off their feet like they normally would because of all the obligations that we had with the league. So you just want to make sure that everything’s good.”
The Bulls’ next game is Wednesday versus the Detroit Pistons.
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Jill Martin, CNN