Derrick Rose
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Detroit Pistons head coach Dwane Casey praised Derrick Rose for the way he has been helping his teammates in practice.

Rose, the 2011 NBA MVP and a three-time All-Star, has been nothing but professional during his time with Detroit and Casey really appreciates that.

“He’s right there in the middle of it, going through it, same as a two-way player. Trying to help the two-way players. I have nothing but respect for what he’s helping our young guys do right now.

If you’re a former MVP, having to go through a two-hour practice, hour-and-a-half practice, I’d tell you to go jump off a building or something. But he’s right there with us. And that’s why he’s still here.

Nothing but total respect for Derrick Rose. What he’s been through – all of his injuries and playing through it – he’s probably one of the most humble MVPs, I would say, in the history of the game.

You would never know it. He’s a leader by example. He plays the game the right way. And for all of these long practices, he hasn’t said a peep,” Casey said, via Keith Langlois of Pistons.com.

In 49 games for the Pistons this season, Rose is averaging 18.3 points, 2.4 rebounds and 5.6 assists. Yet, Detroit will not make the playoffs this season.