The Bulls starting backcourt of Derrick Rose and Rip Hamilton have missed a combined 25 games this season because of injuries. Rose will meet with specialists in Chicago on Monday in an effort to return from a back injury that caused him to miss back-to-back games. Thibodeau said Hamilton is still at least a week away.
"Because we had gone down that road where we sat him down, we brought him back and he got hurt again, we sat him out, he came back and got hurt again we wanted to make sure this time he had all the rest to get completely healthy to bring him back. We don't want to keep going down that road where he plays a few games and then we sit him down again."
Hamilton has not been with the team for six games while dealing with a personal matter. Thibodeau said Hamilton could return from his injury before or after the upcoming All-Star break.
"We're going to see where he is," he said. "If it makes more sense if he's completely healthy to get a few games in we'll do that but if it makes more sense for him to get the extra rest we're gong to do that. We want him to be completely healthy."