Three-time NBA All-Star point guard Derrick Rose, who signed a two-year, $15 million deal with the Detroit Pistons last offseason, talked on his game at this very early stage of the regular season, per NBA:
On playing point guard: “It’s both, your body and brain. It’s been a while since I’ve been at the point guard position. Last year I was at the two most of the year, so decision making. That’s why my threes were up. I was shooting a lot of set shots. Now having the ball in my hands, I’ve got to get back to adjusting that way and it’s taking my time and just being patient.”
On playing 30-plus minutes: “No, not this soon. It’s still early. I’m in shape, but to actually be doing all that I’m doing and having the same mindset to play while I’m fatigued like that, it takes some time to adjust to that. I’m cool with it. Hopefully, when we get to the playoffs, I’ll be ready. My body will be ready. But we’ll just have to wait and see.”
On shooting threes: “I’m not forcing threes. I’m taking what the defense is giving me. The way I play is an aggressive way and the way the league is now, the floor is open. The new league doesn’t shoot mid-range, for some reason, and that’s my game. I shoot the three occasionally, but if I can knock down my mid-range shots … just say this, as long as I’m making ’em, you can’t say nothing.”
This season, Rose averaging 25.3 points, 2.0 rebounds, and 5.0 assists per game, while shooting at 64.6 percent from the floor.