Prior to rejoining the Knicks, Derrick Rose confirmed that he contracted the coronavirus and described it as “10 times” worse than the flu. Rose, the 2010-11 MVP has been out of action since February 28 has since joined the league’s health and safety protocol. The Knicks were tight-lipped as to why Rose was missing but the player has now confirmed his challenging period with the illness.
“The Covid thing, I know a lot of people overlook it but it’s very serious. It’s real,” Rose said. “I’ve had the flu. It’s nothing like the flu. … It was that times 10.”
Rose, was acquired by the Knicks via a trade from the Pistons and has averaged 12.5 points per game and 4.9 assists in 10 games. The Knicks have confirmed that the forward is out of the NBA health and safety protocols but will need to regain his fitness before joining the competition.
“He has to go through conditioning and once he’s ready to go we’ll move forward with it. But he’s been out for a while now so he’s just starting to ramp it up again and we’ll see how it goes,” Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.