Thibodeau Will Ramp Up Rose’s Minutes
Thibodeau liked what he saw from star point guard Derrick Rose in his return to the floor Saturday night — but don’t expect Rose’s minutes to go up much over the next week or so. Thibodeau admitted that Rose was upset after being pulled in the third quarter of Saturday’s game against the Indiana Pacers, but Rose is still expected to play around 20 minutes or so against the Grizzlies. Thibodeau wants to raise Rose’s minutes incrementally, like the rest of the starting rotation.
“That would be the case even if he weren’t coming off injury,” Thibodeau said of Rose. “I think with all the starters, you look at the entire month as your training camp. They’re not playing starter’s minutes yet, but we’ll gradually build up and whatever he can handle, he’ll get.”