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’ Jordan Bell Talks Decision to Leave Warriors
“I just want to grow as a basketball player,” Bell said, according to David Yapkowitz of Basketball Insiders . “In the summers I work my ass off, in the season I work my ass off. The Warriors was a great opportunity, I loved it, it was great, but I just want to be a better basketball player and keep growing. I just wanted to go somewhere else so I can grow and expand my game.”
Bell inked a one-year, $1.62 million deal with Minnesota this summer.
Grizzlies’ Tyus Jones Excited for New Team, Thankful for Time in Minnesota
Memphis Grizzlies guard Tyus Jones is excited for what will come next in his career with his new team, but he is also appreciative of his time with the Minnesota Timberwolves, who gave him the chance to play in his home state.
“I’ve just got a lot of emotions right now,” Jones said, according to Jon Krawczynski of The Athletic.
“I don’t really know how exactly to feel. I’m just excited. I’m just ready for my next chapter of my career and my life.”
Jones showed his appreciation to the Wolves.
“I’m thankful. It’s a situation where I was fortunate enough to be able to play in my home state, and for four years at that,” Jones said. “A lot of people don’t get the opportunity to do that. For me, it’s a chance to play in my home state as my first taste of the NBA and to help me get acclimated to the NBA lifestyle.
“It was nothing but a blessing. I am very thankful for that and look at it as nothing but a positive. Now I get to take that next step in my journey and my career, and I’m excited for that.”
Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Believes Andrew Wiggins Will Have ‘Breakout Year’
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders believes a big year is on the horizon for the struggling Andrew Wiggins, who many believe is losing the confidence of the organization.
Despite the rumors, Saunders isn’t ready to give up on Wiggins just yet.
“We look forward to him having a breakout year” Saunders said, during an appearance on NBA TV during Summer League action.
“He’s already in the gym, and we feel confident about Andrew in that sense” Saunders stated.
Wiggins logged 18.1 points, 4.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game last season with Minnesota, but the production still isn’t on par with the team’s expectations.
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