The Chicago Bulls have been holding out hope that star point guard Derrick Rose would return at some point this season from a torn ACL, but head coach Tom Thibodeau said Saturday morning that Rose is "most likely out" for the playoffs.
As he and the organization have for the past couple of months, Thibodeau left the door open slightly in case the Bulls go on an extended playoff run. But at this point, all signs point to Rose sitting out the entire season and returning for next season's training camp.
Rose has been out over 11 months since tearing his ACL in the waning moments of Game 1 of last year's playoffs against the Philadelphia 76ers on April 28. The Bulls' star has been practicing fully with the team for about two months and has been showing off his explosiveness in pregame warmups, but he still says that he's not quite ready to play.
The "will he or won't he?" drama has consumed Chicago for months, with the Bulls' and Rose's refusal to come to a concrete decision causing a lot of frustration for fans and the media. It would seem sort of crazy to bring him back into a playoff atmosphere at this point after being cautious for so long, and Thibodeau finally appears to be acknowledging that.