Regarding Derrick Rose's imminent return to practice, coach Tom Thibodeau said that Rose is VERY close to "full-contact" practice with the rest of the team. Rose tore his ACL against the Philadelphia 76ers in last year's Eastern Conference playoffs. The Bulls finished with the conference's best regular-season record, but unable to cope with Rose's injury, they were subsequently eliminated in the first round. After performing the surgery on May 12, Dr. Brian Cole prescribed an eight-to-12-month recovery period for the former NBA MVP, according to ESPN. He's been traveling with the team and participating in one-on-one drills, but going full contact would be a massive step forward in his recovery. Should Rose return to action soon, it would fall on the very early end of his recovery spectrum. But the eye-popping year of Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, who returned from a similar injury, has rewritten the book on plausible recovery time. It wouldn't be unheard of to see Rose back so soon.