Chairman Jerry Reinsdorf maintains the Chicago Bulls will only let Derrick Rose return when doctors clear him, and says it likely will take the team several weeks to adjust to playing with the former MVP.
"The team that's playing so well today without Derrick is going to have to learn to play with Derrick," Reinsdorf said during an interview with WGN-TV on Monday. "People are not going to get as many shots, it's going to be different play when Derrick gets back. It will almost be, the first three or four weeks that he comes back will almost be like a training camp."
The Bulls, winners of seven of their past 10 games, have remained in the thick of the race in the East without Rose. They lead the Central Division and are the No. 3 seed in the East behind the Miami Heat and New York Knicks.
Rose, who had surgery May 12 to repair a torn ACL, is taking contact in practice but no return date has been set. And Reinsdorf said that will be determined by the doctors.
"There's no date. The doctors say that he's doing everything that he's supposed to be doing and there's no specific date," Reinsdorf said. "He's not going to come back until the doctors say unequivocally that he has no greater chance of getting hurt than any other player. If there's any risk, he's not coming back."
Rose spent almost an hour taking shots on the United Center floor before the Bulls' victory over the Charlotte Bobcats on Monday night.
"He's coming along," Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said Monday. "He still has a ways to go."