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Veteran point guard Derrick Rose is coming off a comeback season and the Detroit Pistons are happy he’s now playing for them.
“We’re excited. He’s a pro,” Pistons coach Dwane Casey told reporters. “He knows time, score, situation. We had a scrimmage and he did a good job. I’ve got to be smart to not over-use him and not extend his minutes and keep him fresh.”
Rose was the No. 1 overall pick in 2008. He will turn 31 years old at the end of the month. He started off as a big-time player and league MVP with the Chicago Bulls. But then things got a little bumpy with the New York Knicks and Cleveland Cavaliers.
But he seemed to rediscover his game last season with the Minnesota Timberwolves — as Rose compiled averages of 18.3 points and 4.3 assists, his best numbers since 2016-17 in New York.
Rose was even better in five playoff games (14.2 points and a postseason career-high 51 percent shooting). Now, he is with Casey, Blake Griffin, Andre Drummond and the rest of a team that’s aiming to surprise in the East.
“He gives you another playmaker, a guy who can create off the dribble, break the defense down with his speed and just his overall ability to get to and score at the rim,” Casey said. “It’s going to make the defense have to make a decision.”
As for any suggestion that Rose may have lost a step … well, Casey put that to rest pretty quickly.
“It looks like he’s got rockets in his back pockets,” Casey said.