Tom Thibodeau spoke positively on Thursday about the progress of Derrick Rose. However, Rose’s inability to play the game at his normal pace has delayed his return. 

“He’s close, but he’s not going to come back until he’s ready,” said Thibodeau. “He feels a lot better, but he’s still not there. His skill set is power, speed, stop-and-go, and change of change of direction. He has to make sure he’s completely comfortable with that and he’s close, but he’s not quite there yet.” 

Thibodeau has kept a close eye on Rose during his rehab and will wait for him to decide his return date.

“We talk everyday,” said Thibodeau. “We’ll know when he’s ready and he’ll communicate that. He’s very strong willed and he’s not going to be swayed by anybody. He’ll know when he’s ready.”

The close relationship between Thibodeau and Rose makes trust between both parties easier.

“We have to trust him and, as I’ve said many times, I trust him implicitly,” said Thibodeau. “He’ll know when he’s ready and when he is he’ll go.”