Derrick Rose continues to progress in his rehab from a torn ACL in his left knee.
"He's doing great," Tom Thibodeau said. "You have to be patient with it. He's been very diligent, he's in every day. He's moving along. He started cutting, he's been shooting for a while now, he feels pretty good so we just have to be patient."
Rose underwent surgery on May 12 and Thibodeau is convinced that he will be back this season.
"For us, he's in every day so they see how hard he's working at his rehab, he's around his teammates, but we can't use that as a crutch," Thibodeau said. "You can't replace a guy like Derrick individually, your only chance is if you're doing it collectively. So we need everybody else to focus in on knowing what their job is, doing their job, and then doing it as a team. For us, that's our only chance. Whether Derrick's there or not, our approach and our attitude, that shouldn't change. And the focus has to be on our improvement and that's where we want it to be."