Knicks' Tom Thibodeau grateful to have Derrick Rose back at practice

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Tom Thibodeau points
Tom Thibodeau points

Knicks head coach Tom Thibodeau spoke to reporters on Monday as veteran point guard Derrick Rose returned to practice after missing eight games due to health and safety protocols.

Rose confirmed that he did have COVID-19, and hopes to get back on the court soon. Thibodeau spoke about Rose's progress, and made it clear he wont rush him back into the lineup.

"He has to go through conditioning," Thibodeau said. "Once he’s ready to go, we’ll move forward with it. But he’s been out for a while now. He’s just starting to ramp it up again, we’ll see how it goes."

Rose explained earlier that he and his entire family got sick, saying it was worst than any flu he's experienced. Thibodeau added on to what Rose said, giving his thoughts to those affected.

"I think you hit on it. We know how serious it is. And we try to take every precaution," Thibodeau said. "I think it’s impacted everyone. Everyone knows someone whose had it. Your heart goes out to everyone whose had it or whose had a family member whose had it. But you are concerned about all of those elements. Obviously when you go into quarantine, that’s not an easy thing to deal with either. So it’s very serious."

Rose is averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists per game over 24.6 minutes in 10 games this season. The former No. 1 overall pick looked strong while playing mostly with the second unit.

Thibodeau then expressed his gratitude for being able to coach this season amid the pandemic.

"Yeah I think we all, when something’s taken away the thing that you miss more than anything is that obviously you have to love the game," Thibodeau said. "But the camaraderie of being around everybody. Everybody whose on your team. Its not only his teammates, it’s coaches, it’s front office, it’s staffing, it’s everyone. That’s what makes the journey special. Obviously you’re always trying to win a championship and doing something that you love together.

"So you miss all that. You miss the competition, but you miss the people more than anything else. We were talking about it as a staff the other day. The one thing that it has done, it has given everyone an appreciation I think – you’re spending more time at home with your family. That’s been the one positive maybe, the times that you’re just hanging out at home. I think we all want to get back to normal. But it’s given you an appreciation for the things we do enjoy, the freedoms that we have. Hopefully we can get back to that soon."