“I call him Coach Rose because he has that suit on." --Taj Gibson
Derrick Rose was virtually invisible during the regular season when it came to sitting on the bench with his teammates. But during the playoffs, D. Rose has been very visible and vocal on the bench during the Brooklyn Nets series.
But what exactly is he telling his teammates?
During Game 3 on Thursday night, Rose sat next to Taj Gibson and Outside Shot asked Gibson for some insight on the things that Rose is saying while sitting on the bench with his team.
“He just talks about basketball. Simple stuff,” said Gibson. “He’s yelling plays out. He knows everything and he calls it out to us on the court. He’s really into telling guys to pick it up on offense and defense. He’s just like an extra set of eyes out there and talking to us from a point guard’s point of view.”
After sitting stoically on the bench in Game 1, Rose has been much more animated and involved in Games 2 and 3. So much so that Gibson has even given the superstar guard a nickname.
“I call him Coach Rose because he has that suit on and I’ll ask him, ‘Coach Rose, what we got? What we running?’ He’s real active; real encouraging. He’s telling guys to shoot the ball when maybe it doesn’t seem like a good shot, but he’s telling guys to shoot it if they get good looks. It’s just good having him out there with us.”
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