One day after Derrick Rose provided his latest health update, Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau strongly defended Rose's approach throughout his rehabilitation.

"We knew that this was going to be a long process," Thibodeau said before the Bulls' morning shootaround at Sleep Train Arena. "We know that everyone has to be patient and allow Derrick to work through it. He’s been honest and truthful all the way along.

"Part of this is he’s working through it. I think another part of it is the type of guy that he is. He wants the focus to be on the guys who are out there playing now. When he’s active again, he’s going to give you (reporters) access just like he did before. As I said from the beginning, we have to trust him. I trust him implicitly. He’s done a great job with his rehab."

Rose has drawn some criticism for his low profile throughout his rehab process. Whenever Rose does speak, he comes across as calm and unflustered, the frenzy and speculation surrounding his return not affecting him.

"That’s Derrick," Thibodeau said. "He’s done his part great. He’s heeded (Chairman) Jerry (Reinsdorf’s) advice from the beginning. If you recall what Jerry said when he first got injured, he’s done that. No one wants to play more than this kid."

Reinsdorf made clear Rose shouldn't rush back from his injury.