Derrick Rose skipped the Bulls scrimmage session during training camp on Monday. But not worry. It wasn’t because of his knee.
The day off was a planned day of rest for Rose as decided upon by the team.
“We cut him out today. It was planned rest. He did some, the warm-up phase. But today was a planned rest day for him,” Thibodeau explained on Monday. “We had a teaching segment that, of course, he participated in, and the warm-up phase. But the live stuff, we were planning on giving him today off.”
Thibodeau, who has taken criticism over the years for his lack of savvy when it comes to managing the minutes of his players, seems to be much more open this season to the concept of rest for his players.
“We could [rest other players]. How you pace the team is important and that’s normal. That’s for everybody. That’s part of what you do in practice,” Thibodeau said. “You might have a practice where there’s less contact or no contact. Or you might give a guy a day of rest. You base that on where you are in the schedule or if a guy is nicked up. It’s a team game. You’re counting on everybody working well and functioning well together.”
As for Rose, who previously stated he doesn’t want any restrictions in any way, spent an extra hour shooting after practice and is expected to participate fully in the team's next practice.
“Mentally, he’s sharp so he did his conditioning off the floor. He’ll be ready to go [on Wednesday],” said Thibodeau.