Since the 2017/2018 season, Derrick Rose donned the substitute costume. From Minnesota to Detroit via New York, he managed to transform himself into an excellent sixth man, regularly cited among the best in the league.
But this season, he is struggling to express himself, with only 6 points on average. And for good reason: he only plays 12 minutes per game, half his playing time last season. Tom Thibodeau doesn’t always use it regularly, so he’s confused.
“I am in the unknown”recognizes the 2011 MVP for the New York Post. “I try to stay focused, to talk to the guys, to give voice. I communicate on what I see on the floor. But yeah, that’s new to me. »
The former All-Star from Chicago had however returned very motivated and lightened by ten kilos (on the recommendation of his coach), after a truncated last season due to ankle injuries. But that’s not enough for the moment and he sometimes spends entire halves on the bench…
“I have to stay ready”he continues. “It forces me to evolve. In which direction ? Who can know… I take it as a challenge. »
For his part, Tom Thibodeau did not expand on the issue. For him, Drrick Rose lacks rhythm after having played only 26 matches last season and having undergone surgery. In addition, his playing time is logically less with the summer arrival of his friend Jalen Brunson.
“I think the role he’s in will sort itself out,” announces the coach, already not spoiled at the back with a Quentin Grimes who is struggling to take off, weighed down by injuries, and an Evan Fournier far from his best level. “Some matches he will play more, others less. »
|2017-18 *||All Teams||25||17||43.5||23.3||87.0||0.5||0.9||1.4||1.5||0.6||0.3||1.4||0.2||8.4|
|2020-21 *||All Teams||50||26||47.0||38.8||86.6||0.4||2.2||2.6||4.2||1.1||1.0||1.6||0.4||14.7|