Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose has some advice for Oklahoma City Thunder star Russell Westbrook as he makes his way back from knee surgery: Take your time.

Rose who is just returning to action after missing close to a year and a half after ACL surgery thinks that Westbrook shouldn't rush back to the floor unless he is completely ready.

"Take his time" Rose said after Wednesday night's win over the Thunder when asked what advice he might give Westbrook. "He's the only one that knows his body. There's no need to force anything. And attack every day of rehab like it's your last day. Get everything you [can] get out of it every day."

Rose took a lot of criticism for his decision not to come back and play for the Bulls last season despite being cleared by team doctors for several months. While Westbrook doesn't have the same injury (torn meniscus) Rose is confident that the speedy guard can come back and be as dominant as ever -- just as Rose has done over the first few weeks of the preseason.

"For sure" Rose said. "He has that type of will. His frame his body I think [the rehab] is just going to help him become a better player."

Rose who spends much of his summers in the Los Angeles area working with personal trainer Rob McClanaghan hasn't had a chance to socialize much with Westbrook up to this point. Westbrook started participating in some drills with the Thunder earlier this week according to The Oklahoman.