The early returns in training camp on
Injuries have limited Rose to just 49 games over the past three years. He plans on a full-go this season. But it has taken some time for him to readjust to the daily grind and find his rhythm on the court.
"I feel good," he told NBA.com. "I feel the same every night. Just try to get all the rust off and continue to play well."
Rose is averaging 12 points, 3.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists in just 17.7 minutes through four preseason games. Thibodeau is happy with his performance, particularly his aggressivenss in transition.
"That's one of the things he's done very, very well," he said. "Off of blocked shots, when we're pressuring the ball properly, when we're forcing turnovers and getting into the open floor, we're getting easy baskets. That's when he's impossible to guard."
Rose is seeking to gain more patience with his game.
"I'm trying to take whatever they give me," he said. "They give me the lane some and I'm just trying to mix it up. I'm shooting some jump shots and just trying to get the nerves out and continue to play aggressive."
"Just thinking about how I’m actually going to attack in the offense," Rose said. "I’ve got a lot of space now, especially with Pau (Gasol) being able to knock down that li’l 12-foot shot or 15-foot shot. … It’s just going to be space to really move around.
"They’re trying to make the game as simple as possible. If I have an open shot, shoot. If I have a pull-up, shoot it. Shoot a lot more floaters so that people won’t touch my body like they did in the past throughout the entire game. I think that really hurts you I think as an athlete -- you need your years."
Coach Mike Krzyzewski said in a recent interview that
"He says he's ready to go," Krzyzewski said. "I'm excited about having him. He's very excited about being here."
Training camp begins Monday in preparation for the FIBA Basketball World Cup, which gets underway in August. Rose played in just 10 games before going down with yet another knee injury. He averaged 15.9 points and 4.3 assists per game in those 10 outings.
"(He's doing) all the noncontact stuff," coach Tom Thibodeau told the Daily Herald after practice. "He's moving along fine. He has picked it up a little bit. But there's still no contact. He's out for the year, but he's doing well."
Rose is four months into his recovery, but the team has maintained throughout the process that he is not expected to play at any point this season. He has been out since suffering the injury Nov. 22, and ended up playing just 10 games this season after sitting out all of 2012-13 with a different knee injury.
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