Newly signed Derrick Rose participated in his first full practice with the Timberwolves this morning aimed at making his debut tomorrow against Golden State.
He also spoke up afterward when asked about those people pulling for him to revive his career at age 29 and those people certain he has nothing left to give.
"I mean, this is how I feel about it, the whole perspective on it," he said. "You can have your perspective on me, as far as I'm a bum, I can't play, I can't shoot, this and that. All right, cool. I have no hard feeling with that. I'm cool with that. If that's how you feel, that's how you feel. But at the same time, I don't need your validation. Like, I know who I am. I know the type of player I am. You respect that and I respect that and we should be good.
"That's how I feel about that."
I left out a word, by the way, when he spoke about validation.
He said he knew he likely wouldn't play Thursday against Boston and he didn't on the night after he signed with the team and participated in shootaround in the morning.
Asked if he expects to play Sunday in an ABC matinee, "I don't know, you got to ask Thibs. I'm hoping for. I mean, he made me run these 50 plays today, so I hope I play."