Thibs Shoots Down Speculation that Rose Could Play Monday

After Sunday's practice, Tom Thibodeau gave no inclination that Derrick Rose would play against the Denver Nuggets on Monday night

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Over the weekend, a lot of speculation and hype built up among Chicago Bulls fans that Derrick Rose could possibly make his long-awaited return to the basketball court Monday night at the United Center against the Denver Nuggets. But on Sunday, Tom Thibodeau shot that notion down.

“Nothing’s changed,” Thibodeau told CSN Chicago at the conclusion of practice at the Berto Center. ”He keeps improving, still has a way to go. When he’s ready, he’s ready. He just has to keep working.”

Much of the speculation about Rose was sparked by CSN Chicago switching Monday night’s contest from CSN+ to the main channel. But with the prevailing opinion that this week’s home stand could be the final opportunity for Rose to play, it appears the network made the change just in case the former MVP does come back.

Rose is still listed as day-to-day and per usual, there is no set date on when – or if – he’ll suit up for the Bulls this season.

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