CHICAGO (AP) - Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose could soon be going through full-contact drills in practice.
Coach Tom Thibodeau says Rose is ``very close'' to doing just that and it'll be ``the next step'' in his recovery from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Asked if it could happen this week, Thibodeau responded, ``Yeah - it could.''
Is it scheduled to happen this week? The Bulls' coach repeated, ``It could.''
Thibodeau says Rose will have to go through full-contact drills ``for an extended amount of time'' and that he won't be playing after ``one or two days of contact.''
While Rose inches closer to making his season debut, the Bulls were without Luol Deng (sore right hamstring) Monday against the Los Angeles Lakers.

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