Rose has played in just 10 games over the past two years, and his health is key if the team is going to make a postseason run. Noah underwent knee surgery during the offseason and recently said he could play extended minutes during the regular season.
Rose shot 12 of 23 from the field. He hit three of his seven three pointers and dished out five assists during the contest. Rose was able to play 32 minutes.
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.
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