Tom Thibodeau believes Derrick Rose is "very close" to receiving clearance for full contact drills, and it could even happen in Chicago Bulls practices this week.

Even so, Thibodeau again stressed patience for Rose, who continues to rehabilitate from a torn ACL.

"It’s not going to be one or two days of contact and he’s going to be out there," Thibodeau warned. "That’s not going to happen. Just be patient. He’s showing great patience. Everybody else has to. He has to continue to focus on his rehab. When he’s ready, whenever that is, that’s when he comes back. Our doctors have been on top of it since Day One."