Derrick Rose sits out practice as part of 'planned rest'

By Matt Moore | NBA writer

Derrick Rose rested Monday but has had no issues. (USATSI)
Derrick Rose rested Monday but has had no issues. (USATSI)

Derrick Rose sat out practice Monday for the Chicago Bulls, but keep breathing, Bulls fans. It was all part of a plan.

"He did some, the warmup phase," Thibodeau said. "And we went shorter (Monday). We had a teaching segment that of course he participated in and the warmup phase. But the live stuff, we were planning on giving him (Monday) off."

via Chicago Bulls news: Derrick Rose sits out Monday scrimmage as "planned rest." - chicagotribune.com.

Rose practiced five-on-five this weekend, and said "I feel back." He had no reported issues either day, and had no soreness on Monday. It's wise for the Bulls to be patient and careful with Rose, taking him step by step. Rose missed the entire 2012-2013 season recovering from a torn ACL suffered in spring 2012. He was cleared by doctors in February but never felt ready to return.

The Bulls play the Indiana Pacers on Saturday in what will be Rose's first NBA game, even preseason, since 2012.

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