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 Sign Ryan Saunders to Multiyear Contract
The Minnesota Timberwolves are making sure that their new head coach is sticking around for a long time.
According to The Athletic’s Shams Charania, the Wolves have agreed to a multi-year contract with Ryan Saunders to stay in his newly minted head coaching role for the long-term.
Saunders took over in Minnesota after Tom Thibodeau was fired, becoming the youngest head coach in the league at age 32, posting a 17-25 record following his taking over.
Timberwolves’ Ryan Saunders Expected to Become Permanent Head Coach
Minnesota Timberwolves interim head coach Ryan Saunders, who took over the helm when the team fired Tom Thibodeau, is expected to become the team’s permanent head coach, shedding the interim tag.
According to Britt Robson of The Athletic, Timberwolves majority owner Glen Taylor has already implemented changes in the organization following what proved to be a taxing and tumultuous season, but Saunders won’t be among any widespread changes.
Saunders led the team to a 17-25 record during his 42 game stint with the team.
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.”
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