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Rose shooting, going 'step by step'

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  • Derrick Rose smiles

    Derrick Rose smiles
    Associated Press file photo

  • The Spurs' Tony Parker drives around the Bulls' Joakim Noah during the first half of Wednesday's game in San Antonio.

    The Spurs' Tony Parker drives around the Bulls' Joakim Noah during the first half of Wednesday's game in San Antonio.
    Associated Press


Derrick Rose joined the Bulls on the six-game, ice show road trip and shot around after Friday's practice in New Orleans.

"He can shoot," coach Tom Thibodeau said, according to "He's doing some jogging on a treadmill. He's coming along. Still got to be patient; just go step by step. Nothing close to practicing."

Rose had surgery to repair torn meniscus cartilage in his right knee on Nov. 25. The Bulls immediately declared him out for the season. Rose later said he'd come back late this season if he's healthy enough.

"I don't want to jump to any conclusions," Thibodeau added. "We're going step by step. When he handles the next phase, then we'll move him on to the next one. Just make sure he's completely healthy, that's all we're thinking about."

Friday's practice was the first for the Bulls since Jan. 9. It was also the first time they've had two days off in a row since then.

Noah loves home arena:

When he spoke to reporters by phone about his all-star selection, Joakim Noah elaborated on his fondness for Chicago.

"The United Center's a special place," he said. "I feel like I've fought a lot of battles in the United Center, a lot of great memories. The fans are always great. They're always passionate about their team. They've the best fans in the world."

He also talked about giving those fans more to cheer about this season.

"A lot can happen in the season, a lot of ups and downs," he said. "A lot of punches were thrown at us. We've always fought back. Again, this team is resilient. There's a long journey ahead. The second half of the season is going to be no joke.

"But we're excited. I think we're getting better every day. I always cherish these moments. The chance to play in the playoffs would be great."

Bulls don't keep Martin:

Cartier Martin's second 10-day contract expired and he is no longer with the team. After two 10-day contracts, NBA teams must either release a player or sign him for the rest of the season.

Martin appeared in six games for the Bulls, but didn't play much after an impressive 11-point, 26-minute debut against Charlotte on Jan. 11.

Veteran point guard Mike James' initial 10-day contract lapsed on Friday.

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