If the Kings move to Seattle and Wednesday indeed marked the Bulls' final trip to this state capital, Tom Thibodeau and Derrick Rose made the visit a memorable one.

No, Rose didn't make his season debut after offseason knee surgery in the late tipoff at Sleep Train Arena. But one day after Rose gave his latest health and mental state update, Thibodeau defended Rose's quiet approach throughout his rehabilitation process as directly and emphatically as the coach has all season.

"We knew that this was going to be a long process," Thibodeau said. "We know that everyone has to be patient and allow Derrick to work through it. He's been honest and truthful all the way along.

"Part of this is he's working through it. Another part of it is the type of guy that he is. He wants the focus to be on the guys who are out there playing now. When he's active again, he's going to give you (reporters) access just like he did before. As I said from the beginning, we have to trust him. I trust him implicitly. He's done a great job with his rehab."