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Rose: 'I'm getting healthy'

Bulls guard Derrick Rose participated in a full practice Wednesday at the Berto Center.

Yet it remains uncertain whether Rose will play Thursday against the Boston Celtics.

Rose answered a few questions before leaving to take part in strength and conditioning drills after practice. Here is a transcript of his brief interview with media members.

Q: How did you feel today, and what do you think your chances are of playing tomorrow?A: I really don’t know. I felt good, but me playing tomorrow, I don’t know. I was able to run a little bit more but not at my top speed.

Q: What’s the pain level compared with where it was before?A: I really can’t explain it. Unless you have the injury…

Q: But is the pain more tolerable now than when you first were injured?A: Definitely, yeah. I’m running and able to move a little bit more. I’m getting healthy.

Q: Where is your conditioning at right now? Could you play from a conditioning standpoint?A: Taking three weeks off or two weeks off or however long I took off, my conditioning is definitely a worry. But in basketball, you should be able to fight through it.

Q: Do you think you can recover fully from this, or is it something you’ll have to play through for the rest of the season?A: I really don’t know. This is my first time ever having this injury. Usually people, after they have it, they don’t have it anymore. But my biggest thing is coming back too quick and reinjuring it again.

The Bulls will host the Boston Celtics at 8:30 p.m. Thursday. Rose officially is listed as a game-time decision, according to head coach Tom Thibodeau.

-Tom Musick


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