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.
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Says Everyone Sleeps on Minnesota, Plays Big in Win over Heat
Towns believes everyone sleeps on Minnesota.
“Everyone always sleeps on people in Minnesota because they don’t hear our name a lot,” Towns said earlier this month, according to Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated. “That’s fine. That’s cool. We are going to come from the underground and just find ourselves in the playoffs if we continue to do what we’re doing. …
“It’s fine. Keep sleeping on us.”
Towns went out and showed a more aggressive style of play on Sunday, and he sparked a big win for the Wolves with his play.
“I was just being aggressive,” Towns said following the game. “I’m just trying to help us get some victories.”
Wolves’ Karl-Anthony Towns Training to Think Like a Guard
Towns is training to add more guard-like skill sets to his arsenal
“We really did a lot of guard-oriented thought process,” trainer Matt Mazarei said, according to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski.
“During his big-man work we were making him think like a guard, see every option, use those ball drills. He does it, but now it’s more of an emphasis. See the slashers early. He wants to get everyone involved. It’s a team game. That’s the only way they’re going to get into the playoffs.”
Towns posted 24.4 points, 12.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists per game last season for Minnesota.
Wolves’ Ryan Saunders Wants Karl-Anthony Towns to Improve Pick and Roll Defense
Minnesota Timberwolves head coach Ryan Saunders is looking for superstar center Karl-Anthony Towns to improve one specific area of his defense this upcoming season.
His defense against pick and rolls.
“It’s his feel in terms of pick-and-roll coverage. Not being in no man’s land,” Saunders said, according to the Star Tribune’s Chris Hine. “With that, I understand the responsibility that we have as a staff and I have as a coach, we need to find what his best coverage is, and really commit to that, and for him to become very good at that coverage.”
While Towns has shown improvements on the defensive end of the court, he is not known for his defense, something that will need to improve id he plans on making a difference on an ascending Timberwolves team.
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