"for everybody that think I'm not going to play the same way, kill yourself"
Derrick Rose doesn't have any concerns about his game falling off now that coach Tom Thibodeau has been fired. And anybody who thinks Rose's resurgence will come to a halt without Thibs can kill themselves. His words, not mine.
Speaking with reporters today, the veteran point guard said (H/T Chris Hines):
"I have a lot of confidence in myself. Thibs was just the coach that believed in me. He jump-started my career again and for that I'll always be thankful, but for everybody that think that it's going to stop, kill yourself."
He added, "Like I said, for everybody that think I'm not going to play the same way, kill yourself, because I believe in myself."
The Timberwolves fired Thibodeau on Sunday, following the team's 22-point victory against the Los Angeles Lakers. To date, the Timberwolves are 19-21, which is 11th best in the Western Conference.
Rose, 30, is currently averaging 18.9 points per game this season and is among the leading All-Star vote-getters. After the first return of fan votes last week, D-Rose ranked sixth, trailing only LeBron James, Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kyrie Irving, Steph Curry and Kawhi Leonard.