Tom Thibodeau is ‘really happy’ for fianc ಡೆ Derrick Rose


It’s hard to beat this as a place for a marriage proposal.

Derrick Rose got engaged on Tuesday and asked a longtime girlfriend, Alaina Anderson, on Center Court on the Garden floor. They have two children.

“Not bad,” coach Tom Thibodeau said, referring to the location of the offer. “He was real nice. I saw where he was. He was in a really good place, on the court, on and off the court. Alena was amazing. When we saw how happy he was, we were thrilled.”

Asked if Thibodeau was Robos’ best man at his wedding, he joked: “I don’t know about that.”

They may just have to be content to be at the wedding party. Rose has played for Thibodeau on three different teams – the Bulls, Timberwolves and now the Knicks.

The Knicks coach says he is thrilled for Derrick Rose, who got engaged at MSG.
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Kemba Walker (rest) started on a rosy Wednesday against the Pistons.

When Walker came out on Wednesday, Thibodeau said he would use a variety of options as a backup for Robos. That spot included playing Emmanuel Quickley, Alec Burks and rookie Miles McBride.

“You can mix and match with them, and it’s seamless and we’ve done that in practice, and I want to see if you can make it in the game,” Thibodeau said.

As for Walker, Thibodeau said he wants to get some rest and make sure he is ready for the start of the season. The 31-year-old Walker has a history of knee problems and was limited to 43 games for the Celtics a year ago and has not played in back-to-backs.


Of note is that Nerlens Noel (knee / hamstring) was resting for the preseason opener, then before his injury was revealed. Although Thibodev said the veteran center is close to fully back, he has not yet appeared in a preseason game.


Celtics forward Al Horford is expected to leave for the regular season opener against the Knicks next Wednesday after testing positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, coach Ime Udoka told reporters. Jaylen Brown tested positive for the virus on Friday, but should return during the game in the Garden.

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