Rose appears close to returning from back problem

Published:

 

DEERFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Derrick Rose appears to be close to returning to the Chicago Bulls' lineup after missing the past four games because of back spasms.

Coach Tom Thibodeau says the league's reigning MVP was more involved in Friday's light practice but remains day to day. He says whether Rose returns Saturday against New Jersey depends on "how he feels." If he sits out the Nets game, his next chance to play would be Monday against Atlanta.

Thibodeau says the Bulls want him to be pain-free when he returns.

Veteran guard Richard Hamilton, who has been limited to 11 games because of groin and thigh problems, did some shooting and worked one-on-one with assistant Ron Adams after practice. Thibodeau says he "still has a long way to go" and will not play Saturday.