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Derrick Rose hoping to emulate Tom Brady's longevity

Knicks guard Derrick Rose dribbles the ball upcourt

Knicks guard Derrick Rose dribbles the ball upcourt against the Celtics during the second half of an NBA game at Madison Square Garden on Oct. 20. Credit: Kathleen Malone-Van Dyke

CHICAGO — Being a part of the festivities honoring Joakim Noah, his old teammate, Derrick Rose was asked if it made him think that someday there might be a night like this for him at the United Center. But if he has his way, those thoughts won’t come for a long time.

"No, I try to remove myself from that," Rose said on Thursday. "Hopefully I’m going to try to Tom Brady this thing, play as long as possible, make sure I really take care of my body. And if I’m playing, play with joy.

"I don’t have to score 30 points a night anymore to affect the game. I can come out, do what I’ve got to do. I’ve got a great supporting cast with [Julius Randle] and everything in the starting five, even the guys that are on the bench, we have a great rhythm. I’ve just got to play my game and whatever the game presents I’ve just got to be ready for it."

Tom Thibodeau, his coach both in Chicago and New York, believes that the 33-year-old Rose may not be the MVP he was with the Bulls but has adjusted and grown in new ways.

"As he’s gained more experience, he’s added a lot to his game," Thibodeau said. "So, when you watch him shoot now, the way his three [point shot] has developed, his set-up, his drives — it’s still breathtaking when he’s coming at you with a head of steam. I haven’t seen anyone stop that. It’s special.

"That’s his gift. But just understanding the game, sort of like a baseball pitcher adding another pitch. So, he’s seen every defense there is. He knows how to pick everything apart. I don’t think he fights the game anymore. He gets double-teamed; he makes the right read. He gets off it and then we get a really good shot off of it."

Love is a battlefield

Thibodeau spoke earlier this week about his relationship when he coached Noah, describing it as, "I loved him, I fought with him. I loved him, I fought with him. And he’s a dear friend now."

Noah was asked Thursday night if he had considered coaching and he said, "To be a coach, you have to be a little bit sick. When you’re not feeling it you have to motivate players to get the job done. That’s a tough job. At the pro level it’s too hard.’’

So he was asked, are you calling Thibodeau sick?

"Thibs, he’s sick for sure," he said before adding, "I love him. I love him. It’s great for him to be at this game."it."

Noel still sidelined

The Knicks continue to note the progress being made by Nerlens Noel as he attempts to come back from a knee/hamstring issue that has sidelined him so far, but he was out again Thursday night. Thibodeau was asked if he could play in New Orleans on Saturday and he said, "Yeah, we’ll see. Taking it day to day."

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