This is all new for Derrick Rose, a role he has by no means skilled earlier than.
“I’m in the unknown, trying to stay focused, give my all every day, talking to the guys, being vocal like I said earlier on in the year,” he stated on Thursday after observe. “Trying to communicate to them what I see on the floor, but yeah, this is new — foreign — for me.”
The 34-year-old guard is averaging simply 12.7 minutes, often watching the complete second half from the bench. After showing in simply 26 video games final year on account of a number of ankle surgical procedures, it is a troublesome solution to regain his rhythm.
“Just got to stay ready, find a way to stay ready,” stated Rose, who is averaging six factors on 38.2 % taking pictures and two assists. “It’s like everything, forcing me to evolve into who knows, what knows? But I always take it as a challenge where I’ve just got to find a way to stay ready.”
After the offseason signing of Jalen Brunson, Rose’s minutes have been anticipated to come back down, however maybe not by this a lot. Rose stated he and Tom Thibodeau haven’t particularly spoken about it, although they discuss ceaselessly, the coach stated. Rose doesn’t wish to be that veteran complaining about taking part in time. Thibodeau attributed a part of the restricted minutes to Brunson’s presence on the roster, and Rose looking for his sport after lacking a lot time final year.
“I think the role that he’s in, it’ll work itself out,” Thibodeau stated. “Some games it’ll be more, some games it’ll maybe less.”
Quentin Grimes (sore left foot) practiced totally on Thursday after returning to motion on Wednesday. The second-year guard stated the foot feels superb after some discomfort returned over the weekend, costing him two video games. Grimes solely performed 4 minutes of rubbish time within the loss to the Nets.
Grimes hasn’t seen the court docket a lot as a result of damage, lacking nearly the complete preseason and the primary six regular-season video games after shining throughout the Las Vegas Summer League. He has had two MRIs, which each confirmed solely irritation.
“I feel like right now I’m in a really good place with it,” Grimes stated.
Plantar fasciitis, a situation that causes ache on the underside of the heel, has been dominated out, he stated.