DEERFIELD, Ill. -- Derrick Rose ate an entire waffle by himself on Monday morning.
On most days that would seem completely normal, but given the up-and-down last week for the 22-year-old, the mere act of downing the breakfast treat is an accomplishment. After being diagnosed with two stomach ulcers last week, it was the first real meal for Rose in a long time.
"A whole waffle," he said. "It was good. Just a little bit of syrup."
That revelation is even sweeter to Bulls fans, considering Rose believes the ulcer problem is behind him for the time being.
"It's not painful anymore," he said of his stomach. "I can sleep good. Other than me eating too much and it hurt, I'm feeling all right."
A few days after the fact, Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau is still impressed Rose was able to play through so much pain.
"It just speaks volumes as to who he is," Thibodeau said. "He's a great leader. He wasn't feeling his best, but he was out there giving everything he had and we didn't know whether it was going to be five minutes, ten minutes, but it says a lot about him. I think it was inspiring to his teammates. He felt a lot better [on Sunday]. And today he was great. "
After believing that he lost six or seven pounds a few days ago, Rose reported that he was almost back to his original playing weight of 213. He weighed in at 211 after practice on Monday.
"Obviously, he feels a lot better," Thibodeau said. "He looks better. He was high energy today in practice which was encouraging from start to finish."
Gibson back, too: Speaking of feeling better, Taj Gibson was back at practice on Monday just two days after spraining his right ankle. He said he was a little sore, but he expects to play Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Clippers. Given how bad the injury looked, even Gibson is a little surprised he was able to bounce back so quick.
"I'm very surprised," he said. "Because it's the same injury that nagged me the early part of the season and then when I re-aggravated it, I thought I was probably going to be out some games because I really couldn't feel anything in my foot."
Pip vs. Noah: Bulls legend Scottie Pippen, at practice helping out some of the players, spent some extra time with Joakim Noah as he continues to rehab from thumb surgery. The pair worked on left-handed post moves, since Noah still hadn't gotten the cast removed from his right thumb. (He did after practice.)
When asked who would win in a game of one-on-one, Rose wasn't sure at first, but ended up going with the Hall of Famer.
"I really don't know, man," he said. "Jo, that's like a brother. Pip, he's a legend, so it's hard, man. I got to go with Pip, I'm sorry."
Noah couldn't believe it.
"Wow, that's messed up," he said. "He was just trying to entertain you guys."
The last word: Noah, on the impending blizzard getting ready to roll through Chicago.
"What a bummer."