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Derrick Rose back at practice 'doing well'

CHICAGO -- Derrick Rose practiced on Friday after sitting out Thursday's practice because of lower body soreness, according to Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau.

"He practiced," Thibodeau said. "He's doing well."

Rose is expected to play Saturday when the Bulls take on the Milwaukee Bucks. Thibodeau was non-committal regarding exactly how much Rose would play. Rose played 14 minutes in the Bulls' first two preseason games earlier this week.

Parker on the horizon: Saturday's game against the Bucks marks the first time Thibodeau will see Chicago product Jabari Parker in NBA action. Thibodeau is clearly impressed by the former Simeon and Duke star.

"Great player, he's got a great feel for the game," Thibodeau said. "I think when you think about Simeon, and then he goes to Duke, that tells you a lot about how he thinks. He wanted a great challenge, did a great job last year and now he's on to the next step. He's a basketball player, he does everything. He can shoot, pass, dribble, post, play multiple positions, I think he fits the pro game well."

Thibodeau said he heard plenty about Parker from Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski while Thibodeau worked as an assistant on Krzyzewski's Team USA staff.

"He's a little biased," Thibodeau said of Krzyzewski. "(Parker's a) Chicago guy and a Duke guy. He enjoyed coaching him. I think it was great for Coach K, it was great for Jabari, so that experience I think when you go to Duke, you understand what it is to be part of a team. Same thing at Simeon. Great tradition, great history, and I think that prepares you to play your best."

Snell trying to stay upbeat: Two games into the preseason and it's clear that second-year swingman Tony Snell has fallen out of Thibodeau's rotation for now. Despite the setback, Snell is trying to stay upbeat in regards to his spot on the team.

"It's not difficult at all," Snell said of seeing rookie Doug McDermott jump him in the rotation. "I can only control what I can control which is work hard and that's all I can do."

Thibodeau's biggest message to Snell is to stay focused on the defensive end.

"Just being able to play defense," Snell said. "Make sure you communicate to your teammates about defense and just try to play hard."

New nickname for McDermott: McDermott revealed Friday that veteran Aaron Brooks has been calling him "Ray" in practice.

"I figured he thought I was some like Ray Allen," McDermott said. "So he was trying to draw the comparison there."

Even after Brooks found out what McDermott's name was, the "Ray" moniker has stuck.

"He just keeps calling me Ray," McDermott said. "I've got no other choice. I've got to call him a different name and see how it makes him feel. It's been pretty fun and games and I'm sure I'll be getting called Ray the rest of the season."

The last word: McDermott's father, Greg, was in attendance at Friday's practice. Greg is the head coach at Creighton, Doug's alma mater.

Doug was asked if he was looking back and forth between Greg, who was watching from a balcony above the floor, and Thibodeau throughout practice.

"Not really. I'm over him," he joked in regards to his father. "I've got to move on."

So Thibodeau is his daddy now?

"Yeah, McDermott said. "Exactly."