The New York Knicks are in utter turmoil. Derrick Rose has experienced it by becoming the odd man out in head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation.
Rose has only appeared once during the Knicks’ eight-game winning streak, coming off the bench for three minutes of unnecessary rest during their 23-point drubbing of the Chicago Bulls. Miles McBride, a second-year guard who has been a valuable addition to New York’s bench, took his place in the rotation.
It’s shocking, to put it mildly, given Rose’s undeniable friendship with Thibodeau throughout both of their professional lives. However, Rose has handled everything amicably and is merely grateful to be alive, as reported by Shams Charania of The Athletic:
I’ve discovered an easy lesson: According to Derrick Rose, we’re still here. For starters, I’m grateful that I know what my function is. I’m not here with a sense of entitlement or to demand minutes, for example. I’m only here to succeed and do my best to support the younger guys. I never imagined myself in this circumstance. I never imagined I’d be playing for this long.
He is also aware that just because Tom Thibodeau isn’t using him right now doesn’t mean he won’t in the future, possibly even during the postseason. He might view the decision to save his 34-year-old body as a blessing in disguise.
Certainly, I’m eagerly awaiting my opportunity, but I won’t whine. being in this circumstance. I’m using it to my advantage. I’m looking at it from the perspective of saving my body because you never know when you could need someone in the playoffs.
Derrick Rose isn’t complaining about the positive atmosphere the New York Knicks are currently experiencing.