The primary main step in Derrick Rose’s rehab from ankle surgical procedure is upon us.
At the same time as Rose appeared in seventh place amongst guards within the early returns for Jap Convention All-Star voting, there isn’t any actual timetable for his return.
Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau mentioned Rose will begin exhibiting up on the group’s Tarrytown facility to start his bodily remedy. Rose has been away from the group — on crutches — since present process ankle surgical procedure on Dec. 22.
On the time of the surgical procedure, the Knicks introduced he’d be out at the least eight weeks. So he’s at the least six weeks away.
“Rehab is his recreation proper now,’’ Thibodeau mentioned earlier than the Knicks beat the Celtics 108-105 Thursday night time. “He simply bought cleared to begin his bodily remedy. All the pieces goes nicely. Put every thing you might have into that. As soon as it’s good for him to get on the market, he’ll get out.’’
Coming into the season, pundits thought the Knicks would solely be nearly as good because the well being of their two oft-injured level guards, Kemba Walker, 31 years previous, and Rose, 33. Walker had a mysterious setback on New Yr’s Eve in Oklahoma Metropolis throughout pregame warm-ups and missed his fourth straight recreation Thursday.
It didn’t seem he’d be prepared for the second leg of this home-and-home Saturday in Boston.
“He did extra in the present day,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “So day-to-day. Every day he’s doing increasingly. Simply need it to settle down, and when he’s prepared, he’s prepared.’’
Walker broke down after enjoying a back-to-back set in Minnesota and Detroit in late December. He didn’t play any back-to-backs with the Celtics final season. That most likely would be the plan going ahead.
“No matter he can deal with, that’s what he’ll get,’’ Thibodeau mentioned. “We’ll go from there. We’re down our bodies and now we bought guys again and I just like the depth at that place.’’
Although he was banished from enjoying for 9 video games, it’s anticipated Walker will reclaim the beginning job.
Julius Randle, who made his first All-Star group final season, was not within the high 10 in voting amongst Jap Convention forwards. He completed with 22 factors Thursday after averaging 19.6 factors, 10.2 rebounds and 4.9 assists for the season. … RJ Barrett, who scored 13 factors Thursday, including the game-winning buzzer-beater, is the primary Knick to safe 4 30-point video games in a season as a 21-year-old.