Derrick Rose has had a tremendous impact in the first three games since he was traded to the Knicks last weekend. The veteran guard scored 16 points in 23 minutes of play in the Knicks’ 121-99 win over the Rockets Saturday.
Prior to the game, head coach Tom Thibodeau talked on Rose’s impact on a young team, like the Knicks, and how he stayed up late the previous night studying videos.
“He’s a great student of the game,” Tom Thibodeau said on Rose. “He’s always had that. I think that is what has allowed him to adapt, grow and change. I think you see that with a lot of players that are dominant players. They are constantly adding to their game.
“So it doesn’t surprise me. I think he’s put a lot of time into trying to understand his new teammates and what their strengths are and how he can better effectively use them.”
Rose has started strong with his new team, averaging almost 15 points per contest during the first three games with the Knicks.
More importantly, he shoots 54.2 percent from the field and 42.9 percent from the three-point range coming off the bench.