Minnesota Timberwolves guard Derrick Rose has had his fair share of injuries in his once-promising career, one that netted him the 2011 MVP award, but one that derailed a bit due to excessive injuries.
Now, Rose is saying that he feels healthy, adding that he wants to look healthy on the court once again.
“I feel healthy and I want to look healthy,” Rose said, during an interview with The Athletic’s Shams Charania. “Right now, just like in anything in life, you miss something for a long time and you get something taken away from you, it’s going to take some time to get a rhythm back.
“Being on this team, I have the opportunity to go out there and help the team. I’m in a different phase in my career right now where I don’t have to put up 40 points, 30 points a night just for us to stay in the game.”
Rose, 30, is currently playing in a 6th man role for Minnesota, but his reunion with coach Tom Thibodeau, whom he played for in Chicago with the Bulls, has him excited moving forward.
“Hell yeah, hell yeah,” Rose said when asked if he missed playing for Thibodeau. “The last couple years, bouncing around … wanting that communication, that relationship, and that’s one of the reasons that I came back here.
“I’m not talking shit about none of my past coaches, it’s just that we didn’t have that relationship. I know most of it was my fault, from leaving the teams, but I felt like I learned from it. Coming here, I feel like it’s a different situation, so they won’t have to worry about it.”
Rose is averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists this season.
Timberwolves Launch Search for a President Of Basketball Operations
The Minnesota Timberwolves have launched an official search for a new President of Basketball Operations to replace the departed Tom Thibodeau, who was fired as head coach and president during the regular season.
The team made the announcement regarding the search via an official press release.
“In the absence of Tom, I want to thank all who picked up his responsibilities this past year,” Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor said in a statement. “… They worked through a season with many injuries requiring many challenges in our player lineup. We are incredibly grateful to them for all of their hard work and commitment to the franchise.
“The future of the Minnesota Timberwolves continues to be very bright,” Taylor continued.
“It’s more important than ever that we find a leader who can build a successful team in today’s fast-paced NBA. We have the cornerstones of a very talented team and need to assemble the final pieces that will elevate us into a playoff team and one that can compete for championships.”
Timberwolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Feels ‘Lucky to Be Alive’ After Car Accident
Minnesota Timberwolves superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns says that he feels “lucky to be alive” after he was involved in a car accident that has forced him to miss the past two games.
“The accident could have went — I’d say I had a 5 percent chance of making it out alive,” Towns said, according to ESPN. “I hit the 5 percent mark. I’d say 4 percent was to be seriously injured, and 1 percent was to be minorly injured — and I came out in the 1 percent.”
Towns said he was in a Hyundai Sante Fe was hit by a semi-truck after Towns’ car came to a complete stop to avoid an accident.
“It could have been much worse,” Towns said. “In all honesty, I probably should not have made it out like I did.”
Timberwolves’ Glen Taylor Happy with Ryan Saunders
But, with the early success of interim head coach Ryan Saunders, Taylor is happy to stick to the current course, despite having a conversation with Hoiberg following his dismissal from the Bulls.
“We spent time on (Chicago) and what he wanted to do in the future,” Taylor said of his discussion with Hoiberg, according to Danny Lawhon of The Des Moines Register.
“We had already made up our mind on Ryan, because Ryan has worked with these players, been there all year. That was the easiest way to make the transition.”
Hoiberg has ties to the organization, having played two seasons in Minnesota and also served in the team’s front office following his retirement.
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