Tom Thibodeau leaves the door open for Derrick Rose to play against the Nets

Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Joining ESPN's SportsCenter live, Chicago Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau left open the door for a possible return of Derrick Rose in the first round playoff series against the Nets.

Coach Thibs told ESPN that Rose was "doing well overall," before noting that he "isn't quite ready." He then went on to say, "there is always a possibility" he'll play against the Nets. Classic Thibs!

During the February 1st Nets-Bulls game in Brooklyn, Joakim Noah and Carlos Boozer had missed the morning shootaround and it was more than assumed that they weren't going to play, heck it was a given they wouldn't play. Still, 45 minutes prior to tip-off Thibodeau said he "wasn't sure" if they'd suit up. Naturally, neither player played.

Point is, he tends to keep information and strategy private, which is perfectly fine. Just, you know, because he leaves the door open, albeit slightly, doesn't mean it is in fact open. Expect the "will he, won't he" question to be asked a thousand times over the next 48 hours.

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