It’s hard to beat as a marriage proposal venue.
Derrick Rose got engaged Tuesday, asking longtime girlfriend Alaina Anderson the question at Center Court on the Garden Floor. They have two children together.
“Not bad,” said coach Tom Thibodeau, referring to the location of the offer. “Really happy for him. Just seeing where he is. He’s in a great place, on the court, off the court, all around. Alina is a wonderful person. We’re thrilled to see how happy she is “
Asked if Thibodeau would be Rose’s best man at his wedding, he joked: “I don’t know about that.”
He may have to settle for just being in the wedding party. Rose has played for Thibodeau on three different teams – Bulls, Timberwolves and now Knicks.
Rose started on Wednesday against the Pistons replacing Kemba Walker (Rest).
With Walker out on Wednesday, Thibodeau said he would use a variety of options at this time as Rose’s backup. This included Emmanuel Quickley, Alec Burks and rookie Miles McBride playing in that position.
“You can mix and match with them, and it’s comfortable and we did that in practice, and that’s what I mean you want to see if you can do it in the game,” Thibodeau said.
As for Walker, Thibodeau said he only wants to give him some rest and make sure he is ready for the start of the season. Walker, 31, has a history of knee problems and was limited to 43 games for the Celtics a year ago and hasn’t played back-to-back.
It should be noted that Knicks stated that Nerlens Noel (knee/hamstring) was being rested for the preseason opener, before later revealing his injury. He has yet to take part in a Presidents game, although Thibodeau said the veteran center is close to being back full.
Coach Ime Udoka told reporters that Celtics forward Al Horford is expected to be out in the regular season opener against the Knicks next Wednesday. Jaylen Brown tested positive for the virus on Friday but should be back by game time at the Gardens.