Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said Thursday it's "unlikely" point guard Derrick Rose will make his season debut Friday night against the Golden State Warriors, but Thibodeau did acknowledge that he likes the way Rose continues to progress from a torn left ACL.

"We'll see (Friday)," Thibodeau said after practice when asked if there was a chance Rose could play. "With him it's just day to day. He had a good day today, he went hard, did a lot of stuff. But we'll see."

Rose, who had ACL surgery on May 12, is listed as "out" on the official game notes on the Bulls' website.

Thibodeau was asked if the decision as to whether Rose plays is as simple as the 24-year-old coming up to the coach and saying he's ready to go.

"We'll have a better idea as we move along," Thibodeau said. "The big thing is his improvement and then how he feels the next day.

"As long as he continues to make progress. We went pretty hard today, so we'll see where he is (Friday)."

Given all the hoopla and scrutiny regarding Rose's possible return, Thibodeau was pressed on how his comments might be interpreted optimistically by fans who have been yearning to see Rose play all season. That's when the veteran coach went back to his usual routine.

"(His situation) hasn't changed," Thibodeau said. "(His return) could be in a couple days. It could be in a week. I don't know when it is. He doesn't know when it is.

"I think he was very forthcoming with (the media) and that's where he is. He's got to feel real comfortable. He's got to feel that the explosion is there. He's made great progress and we don't know when that time is. I think we'll have a better idea the more we see him go. Today, he was good, but it doesn't mean that he's playing (Friday). It doesn't mean he won't play (Friday). We just have to keep being patient, let him work through it. Each day he feels a little better and that's all we're worried about. He's controlled everything he can control, he puts everything he has into each and every day and then when he's ready he'll let us know."