Is Derrick Rose ready to come back?

Well, it was difficult to say based on a raucous, rotating game of 1-on-1 at the end of Tuesday's practice at the Berto Center.

While Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau spoke to the media, Rose took part in the 1-on-1 contest, which also included Nazr Mohammed, Daequan Cook, Marquis Teague, Vladimir Radmanovic and newcomer Malcolm Thomas.

Rose focused mostly on step-back jumpers. He hit a 3-pointer against Cook, and shorter jumpers while matched with Teague and Mohammed. He also got the ball stripped once by Cook.

On defense, Rose got multiple stops while guarding Thomas and Radmanovic. The game was that if you get a defensive stop, you stay on the court and go on offense against a new defender. Score and the defensive player has to leave.

There was a roar in the gym when Nazr Mohammed dunked on a drive to the basket. But the ultimate winner was Radmanovic, who struck a surfer pose to celebrate.

"I won some. It's who's hot that day," Mohammed said. "Vlad, he's ready if his number's called. He's working hard."

Rose stayed to work on his 3-point shot, which was a little flat in the 1-on-1 tournament. Thibodeau gave no indication whether Rose might play his first game of the season against Miami on Wednesday, but did say Rose participated in all of practice.

Thibodeau said Joakim Noah (plantar fasciitis) and Marco Belinelli (abdominal strain) felt a little better Tuesday, so both are likely game-time decisions. Noah has missed two games, Belinelli one.