Derrick Rose offers scary insight into ‘very serious’ COVID-19 battle as he prepares to return for Knicks

Peter Dewey
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New York Knicks point guard Derrick Rose is set to rejoin the team after spending the past three weeks in the league’s health and safety protocols.

Rose revealed on Monday that he went through a “serious” battle with COVID-19 and that his family and kids had the virus as well.

Luckily, it seems that Rose is past the worst part of his battle, but he will still need to condition to get back into the Knicks’ lineup.

The Knicks have struggled with injuries at the point guard position, as Rose, Elfrid Payton and Immanuel Quickley have all missed time over the past three weeks.

Rose’s eventual return to the lineup will be a huge boost for New York, as the Knicks are just 3-5 in the eight games that he has missed to this point.

Since joining the Knicks in a trade with the Detroit Pistons, Rose is averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists per game while shooting 45.5 percent from beyond the arc.

The Knicks take on the Washington Wizards on Tuesday night, but it is unclear if Rose will be active for that game.

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Peter is a graduate of Quinnipiac University where he covered the MAAC and college basketball for three years. He has worked for NBC Sports, the Connecticut Sun and the Meriden Record-Journal covering basketball, football and other major sports. Follow him on Twitter @peterdewey2.