Taj Gibson took a walk in Derrick Rose’s shoes the other day, and it didn’t feel too comfortable.

“You have people saying you shouldn’t have come back so soon, be careful. You’ve got so many different aspects of people in your ear giving you so many different opinions of what they think you should do,” Gibson said Thursday morning as he discussed his own latest setback, which turns out to be minor, from a sprained knee ligament. “All I want to do is go out and play, help my team win, lead by example, go out do the right things. And I got bit doing something so simple. I have to get back to my rehabilitation.”

Gibson suffered a recurrence of his sprained MCL and left Tuesday’s loss to Washington in the first half when his knee buckled. Everyone feared a serious setback, though Gibson said the exam showed an issue with healing scar tissue which coach Tom Thibodeau called a slight sprain. Gibson is out for Thursday’s game against the Nets. He didn’t say when he might return, though he did say he intends to play again in the regular season. The informal estimate sounded like he could be out about a week.

So he joins Joakim Noah and Marco Belinelli likely also out Thursday (Thibodeau said, “We’ll see.”) along with Richard Hamilton and Rose. Noah and Belinelli are considered close and could play any day now. Hamilton has indicated he would try to play in the regular season and perhaps could play next weekend. Rose, of course, remains uncertain.

So immediately, the Bulls could use Malcolm Thomas or Vladimir Radmanovic for spot minutes. Though given the trends it would be more likely the Bulls would play a smaller lineup longer with Luol Deng at power forward along with extra minutes for Carlos Boozer.

The Bulls currently are sixth in the Eastern Conference, though just a half game behind Atlanta. The Nets are fourth, two and a half games ahead of the Bulls. So Thursday’s is a potential playoff preview as the Nets seem likely to be fourth or fifth in the East. They won in Cleveland Wednesday night without injured starters Joe Johnson and Gerald Wallace. Though they have big men reserves in Andray Blatche and Kris Humphries along with robo rebounder Reggie Evans, which makes playing small more difficult against them.