Derrick Rose and Richard Hamilton both are making progress in their recovery from injuries. But don't expect them in the lineup too soon.
Rose, who has missed the last five games because of a groin injury, practiced on a limited basis Friday at the Berto Center, but it seemed more like the first step toward returning to the court than the last. He still is not running on the court, though he was draining open three-pointers in an "around-the-horn" shooting drill after practice.
''Derrick was better today. He did part of practice,'' Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau said. ''We just have to have him keep making progress and hopefully he'll be healthy soon.''
Thibodeau said Rose has been ''running in water'' and was expected to some running on dry land later in the day. Asked if he could play against the Toronto Raptors on Saturday at the United Center, he said Rose is ''day-to-day,'' which translated into layman's terms means, ''No.''
The news on Hamilton, who has missed the last 10 games and 23 of the last 27, was a bit more encouraging -- though he also is unlikely to play in the near future . ''He did the whole practice, so that's a good sign,'' Thibodeau said.
Asked if Hamilton was close to playing, Thibodeau said Hamilton is ''day-to-day'' but still in the early stages of his recovery.
''He's moving along,'' Thibodeau said. ''We haven't done contact with him yet, so that will be the next step.''