Derrick Rose said he missed playing for Tom Thibodeau
Derrick Rose will put no fronts on what it means to be reunited with his old head coach Tom Thibodeau, this time as a member of the Minnesota Timberwolves, in a different conference and providing a familiar voice despite the many changes in his career.
Rose was the star of Thibodeau’s lauded Chicago Bulls team that had one of the nastiest defenses of his time, along with a clear rapport between players and coach.
“Hell yeah, hell yeah,” Derrick Rose said when asked about whether he missed having Thibodeau as his coach, according to Shams Charania of The Athletic. “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.”
Since departing from Chicago, Rose has bounced between the New York Knicks and the Cleveland Cavaliers, never feeling quite at home until joining his old head coach with the Timberwolves at the end of the 2017-18 season, a sign of comfort that he’s carried into this regular season, now once again a valuable asset, despite playing a much different support role.
Derrick Rose is averaging 14.3 points, 4.0 rebounds and 4.9 assists — holding more value than many have thought he would bring after so many injuries in his career.