Derrick Rose 1v1 With The Suns: On His Role With The Knicks, The Bulls’ Legacy And Life After Retirement


Derek rose He understands that the arc of his career has been unique: from being the first pick in the draft, to being the first pick in the draft NBA An All-Star and the youngest player in league history, to devastating injuries, to the sixth man role, to fight for a backup role, to now serve as a veteran captain moment waiting for his next opportunity with the player New York Knicks.


Rose, 34, started his 14th season in head coach Tom Thibodeau’s rotation, but has since taken on a more leadership role as Thibodeau has shifted to more minutes. Miles McBride. Rose and Thibodeau are as close-knit as any major league player-coach duo they’ve been together for the past decade, so talking about Rose’s diminished role was straightforward. All the while, Rose maintained his happiness with basketball and a newfound sense of appreciation for staying in the NBA for as long as possible.

“I learned a simple lesson: I’m still here,” said Rose. the athlete. “On the one hand, I’m very thankful you understand my role. I’m not here to merit, I’m not here to feel like I need minutes or anything like that. I’m just here to win and try to help the guys. I never thought I’d be in this situation. I didn’t think Never in that I will play this many years.

“I’m waiting for my chance, sure, but I can’t complain. To be in that situation. I’m taking advantage of it. I’m looking at it as I save my body, and you never know in the playoffs when I can be used.”

The Knicks turned their season around, from a 10-13 start to their current seven-game winning streak, and the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference at 17-13. Galen BronsonAnd the Julius Randel And the RJ Barrett Continue to lead these Knicks, with strong contributing roles from Quentin GrimesAnd the Mitchell RobinsonAnd the Emmanuel QuicklyAnd the Isaiah Hartenstein And McBride. Such as the athleteFred Katz recently expanded it, New York was discussing trade scenarios around many players, including Rose, Quickly, cam redish And the Evan Fournierwhich is an aspect that does not evolve with roses.

“The team keeps communications open with me: when they tell me I don’t think they want to move me that way, they know I have a lot, and they love the connection and the relationship I have with all of them,” Rose said. “I’m not in the locker room trying to create a team atmosphere by having a stand. Messy like that. I’ve had so many lives in the NBA that I’m now in a position where I can sit down and teach the guys, and if Tibbs needs me, I can get laid and play the way I want.”

Rose recently went with the athlete To talk about his role as leader, and the rise of Bronson, his Chicago Bulls His legacy and his desire to be a team owner beyond his playing days.

How do you manage this new spot on the roster, being off duty and having such an important presence in the locker room?

It makes my job easier seeing Galen, seeing the way he plays. He listens, so that’s half the battle when you’re dealing with someone like that. He’s a hell of a player and a winner too. He won in college, he won in high school, and he’s trying to win at the next level now. So it’s up to me to guide him, not to be forceful, but try to give him as much information, knowledge and wisdom as possible.

I know how close you and Tom are. What was that conversation like between the two of you when I told you you were going to be off rotation moving forward?

He was a regular caravan. He just said he was going with Deuce (McBride), and I told him I got it. I’m cool with Deuce – like cool with Deuce. I spent Thanksgiving with him last year, all of it. I got close to his family. And for him to be in my position, there’s no way I hate or loathe the minutes he gets, especially when he plays the way he plays and he produces. I just did my part in cheering him on, being a professional, and leading by example. Just be professional about it.

However, how much does it eat at you as a competitor?

I do not want to play. But at the same time, there is still a lot of basketball left. He’s always on the tips (and me) – he always says that’s the bottom of the mountain, we’ve got a whole mountain to climb. I have to make sure I’m always ready. This is the biggest challenge. Being in the new position, being in a new position every year, this year is the first time I have experienced this. So learning and adapting and trying to keep my body ready if you need me, it’s all going to take time. But it should be good.

The appearance of Miles McBride means fewer minutes for Derrick Rose. (Kamel Krzaczynski/USA Today)

How often do you think about the exit of some of the game’s best greats who may have had a struggle adjusting to a lesser role or a leadership place late in their career?

I do a little bit, but I feel like my story is a unique one where I’m with a coach who would let me come to whatever team he was on and would define it for me. I love my conditioning so being in that position things can go fast and I can play. Just like when things went so fast when I wasn’t playing. Always optimistic. As long as we win… If we don’t win now, I probably have a different approach, because I’m human. But as long as we win, that’s all I care about.

There are always debates about whether your Chicago number one should be retired and whether you’re inducted into the Hall of Fame – how do you feel?

I feel the love I’m walking around wherever I am, everywhere I go in the country, out in the country, that’s all I need. That’s all I need. Until then, I don’t like fame. I don’t like being like this. I’m kind of in a quagmire. It’s embarrassing, as I feel like it would be nice if my family came to a shirt retirement party like that. But I’m thinking about what to say while I’m on the field. It’s kind of weird. I’m there, but I’m thinking, “Damn, I’m going to have to talk to everyone at the celebration.” That’s what I’m thinking about because I don’t always like that moment.

How do you view this next chapter in your career?

I organize myself, be a youth professional, and put myself in a place where I can do whatever I want. I felt I saved enough money. It was never about the money. I’ve saved enough. Now, that idea that I feel I can have a chance to do whatever I want. If I wanted to get involved in coaching, it probably wouldn’t be. If I want to get into anything in the world of basketball, I know I have the network to do so. But who knows?


I don’t know. I feel coaching is a real big responsibility. And with my family now, I can say it’s my biggest responsibility. I make sure I’m there, give them my time, give them my life. I try to discover life with them, buy land, build a bed, and organize myself as a man. You raised a family so that this wealth could be passed down from generation to generation.

What do you see for yourself after a career? (Rose has made over $150 million over his playing career. In 2012, Rose also signed a deal with Adidas that was said to be worth $190 million over 14 years.)

I’m in ownership. I feel like I’ve saved enough. It’s not like I need a loan, I’m fine. So I’m waiting. I’m waiting for my time.

(Top photo of Derrick Rose: Stephen Maturin/Getty Images)

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