Derrick Rose's Encouraging Status Doesn't Guarantee Return to Bulls This Season

Josh BenjaminCorrespondent IMarch 6, 2013

Feb 11, 2013; Deerfield, IL, USA; Chicago Bulls point guard Derrick Rose reacts during a rehab session as he recovers from an ALC injury at the Berto Center.  Mandatory Credit: Jerry Lai-USA TODAY Sports

Derrick Rose has yet to play this season, but recent reports suggest that he could be back on the court soon.

According to Aggrey Sam of CSN Chicago, Rose's injury status has been updated to "day-to-day," and that usually signifies that a return to the court is imminent. However, fans should not get their hopes up just yet.

Per usual, head coach Tom Thibodeau has been tight-lipped about any possible return dates, but he did tell Sam just what would have to happen before Rose suits up for a game:

“There’s a lot of people that have to weigh in on it and obviously he knows his body. Everybody’s got to sign off on it. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. Nothing has changed for us. For our team, I want them to continue to concentrate on improvement and our opponent, and for Derrick, I want him to continue to concentrate on his rehab. We’re 60 games into this now. I think going into the season, we had a lot of question marks. I think we have more answers now. We’ve figured out, I think, who we are. We’re heading down the stretch, we’ve got to continue to improve and then we’ll go from there,” he said. “It’s day-to-day. Whenever he’s ready, he’s ready. We just want him to continue to improve, focus on his rehab and then, when he’s ready to go, we’ll all know. Everyone has to remain patient.”

Though what Thibodeau says is fairly obvious about Rose needing to be cleared by multiple parties before playing in a game, let's not forget the one person who has to "sign off" on the idea before anyone else: Rose himself.

The fact that Rose himself has been so quiet about his recovery up until recently is telling about just where he stands when it comes to his recovery. He's not going to come back until he's good and ready, even if it means next season.

The former No. 1 pick told Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today that he would not return until he was at "110 percent", and also stated that he had no problem sitting out the season.

That all being said, fans should not get excited about Rose suddenly being upgraded to "day-to-day." It's certainly an encouraging sign, but we still have no concrete proof that he is set to suit up at any point this season.

No return date has been set, nor even targeted, and, in terms of hearing from Rose himself on the matter, nothing new has come up.

Thus, all that anyone can do in this regard is wait. As great as it is to see Rose being listed as "day-to-day," everyone must understand that there is no guarantee of him playing until some more concrete information is available.