2011 NBA MVP Derrick Rose was in great spirits after debuting for the New York Knicks though his team lost on Tuesday to the Miami Heat. Rose, who played for the Knicks during the 2016-2017 season, was traded from the Detroit Pistons to the Knicks on Monday.
Rose has nothing but a great respect for Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau and New York was the place where he wanted to be. "Of course," Rose said after scoring 14 points in 20 minutes in his debut Tuesday night, a 98-96 loss in Miami to the Heat.
"Even though I couldn't say that at the time, I just wanted to be comfortable. Like I said, I've been knowing these guys ever since high school, eighth grade, high school, so coming here, like I said, it's family.
I never really thought about anything else but really getting here and understanding they wanted me to help grow the young guys they've already got here."
Rose performed well in his debut
Knicks head coach Thibodeau paired Rose with rookie guard Immanuel Quickley and the two performed well as a second-unit backcourt.
The addition of Rose has now pushed guard Austin Rivers deeper into the rotation and Thibodeau has said that Rivers will now be a "situational player." "I think you see it often when you have multiple point guards out on the floor, it gives you another ball handler, secondary ball handler, and you can probably include Alec (Burks) in there, as well," Thibodeau said.
"So it gives us three guys that can go off the dribble, and all three are very efficient in pick-and-rolls. Their versatility allows them to actually blend with both groups. So I think we'll see some of that as we go forward, as well."
Rose also claimed he has synergy with coach Thibodeau. "The synergy we've got, I can't explain it," Rose said. "We're an odd couple, but for some reason, we understand the game. And the closest thing I probably can say is we're students of the game.
We watch the game. We try to understand the game more and try to get better if not every day, every week, every month, every couple of months, every year. There's always room for improvement, and it's for the betterment of the team. Wherever I go, wherever he goes, we're always trying to win."