After having several injuries in a row, Derrick Rose almost gave up on basketball, however, he was able to fully recover and actually played a very good and efficient season for the Minnesota Timberwolves and his former coach Tom Thibedeau. Even though they didn’t make the playoffs this season, the team made a lot of headlines and a was a hot topic for discussion after Jimmy Butler requested a trade from the team, which eventually led to him getting traded to the Philadelphia 76ers.
In his new book, Derrick Rose gives more insight into a lot of things but especially the problems that were circulating in the Timberwolves locker room between Jimmy Butler on one hand, and younger players on the other.
Rose said he tried to use his experience and help the team as a veteran, especially during their run for the playoffs, but honestly said the young players in the team weren’t showing the respect and dedication on a level needed to achieve something greater. In his book, he also mentions how he tried to help Butler in that situation but wasn’t very successful in leveraging the situation the right way.
“Look, it wasn’t his fault, it’s the league’s fault. Nothing against Karl-Anthony Towns, he’s cool — and he’s good. But you get these kids and you spoil them before they achieve something.”
“Jimmy was feeling, ‘Why’d y’all pay them first and I was the one that got you to the playoffs?’ That’s all it was. Jimmy wasn’t doing it right, though he was right.”