Derrick Rose has nothing but respect from Dwane Casey for how he’s handled rebuild
The Pistons are in rebuild mode, but Rose — a former MVP and three-time All-Star — has been nothing but professional during his time with Detroit. He’s been helping the young guys in practice and in games and Casey really appreciates that:
“He’s right there in the middle of it, going through it, same as a two-way player,” Casey said, via Pistons.com. “Trying to help the two-way players. I have nothing but respect for what he’s helping our young guys do right now. If you’re a former MVP, having to go through a two-hour practice, hour-and-a-half practice, I’d tell you to go jump off a building or something. But he’s right there with us. And that’s why he’s still here.
“Nothing but total respect for Derrick Rose. What he’s been through – all of his injuries and playing through it – he’s probably one of the most humble MVPs, I would say, in the history of the game. You would never know it. He’s a leader by example. He plays the game the right way. And for all of these long practices, he hasn’t said a peep.”
In 49 games for the Pistons this season, Rose is averaging 18.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists. The Chicago native is shooting 48.9 percent from the field, 30.1 percent from beyond the arc and 86.9 percent from the free-throw line.
The Pistons won’t make the playoffs this season. However, they are trying to be competitive next season since All-Star power forward Blake Griffin will hopefully be back healthy.
With that said, the Pistons are hoping Rose and Griffin can lead the franchise to the postseason in 2020-21.