World news – Knicks’ Derrick Rose is out due to COVID-19 logs


Tom Thibodeau was asked who he would start if point guard Elfrid Payton returns from his hamstring injury. Now that’s the least of his problems.

After his media availability prior to Tuesday’s game in San Antonio, the Knicks announced that youngest starter Derrick Rose is out for COVID-19 health and safety protocols. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he tested positive or came into close contact with someone with COVID-19.

That could mean Rose will be out until after the All-Star hiatus. The Knicks end the first half against Detroit on Thursday.

Rose should start his fourth straight game on Tuesday, but typically all logs last a week, especially if he’s been in contact with someone with COVID-19. </ "I just decide what's best for the team," Thibodeau said when asked who the future starter would be when everyone is healthy.

Frank Ntilikina started against Spurs and Austin Rivers, who had been banned from rotation, was ready to finally jump into a game as a backup.

Thibodeau finally addressed why he often refuses to treat garbage time like garbage time and sticks to blowouts in the fourth quarter its top players.

« That’s just a read of the game, what’s going on, » said Thibodeau. « The way people catch up with 3s, there is no safe lead. »

First-time all-star Julius Randle played every 12 minutes of the fourth quarter in the Detroit blowout on Sunday.

Nerlens Noel, the only one true center of the Knicks, played the last nine minutes of the second night of a duel.

The Knicks led the entire fourth place in Detroit with 19 or more points – except when they fell 55 seconds ahead of 17. </ When Thibodeau found out that the lead seemed very secure against the worst team in the east, he said: "I have great confidence in our bank, but we also try to find a rhythm with the guys we have, and we have different groups playing. " There is a lot behind it and these are just coaching decisions. "

First year coach Steve Nash won the NBA Coach of the Month for February when he led the Nets to a 9-4 record. Erik Spoelstra and Mike Budenholzer received votes. Thibodeau was disfellowshipped after he Had gone 9-5 last month against a franchise that had been horrible for seven seasons.

« I never watch this so the focus for me has to be on the team, » said Thibodeau. « Steve did done a great job, happy for him. Great trainer, great person. And they’re having a damn good year. So congratulations to him. I want me to focus on what we need to do the next day. « 

In August, legendary Spurs coach Gregg Popovich told The Post Thibodeau: » A seasoned veteran who naturally understands what wins and what loses. He knows how to put together a program, create a culture, be demanding . « 

 » Par for the course, no surprise, « Popovich said before facing the curtsey. » He has standards, blames everyone, sticks to them. And you see the results. He does a good job.  » . « 

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