Knicks guard Derrick Rose acknowledged for the first time that he and members of his family tested positive earlier this month for COVID-19, calling it like the flu “times 10” and saying it wasn’t like any illness he’d ever experienced.
Rose, who hasn’t played since Feb. 28 in Detroit, has been removed from the NBA’s health and safety protocols list, but it remains uncertain when he will be able to resume playing for the Knicks as he rebuilds his strength and conditioning.
“Oh man, I was away because I actually had it. I felt all of the symptoms, sick and everything. But I’m happy to be back and that’s in the past,” Rose said Monday on a Zoom call. “It was completely different. They say everybody is different, but with me, I never felt anything like that before.
“I’ve had the flu. It was nothing like the flu. My sense, the flu, your stomach, or like you’re drained and everything. It was that times 10. So like I said, slowly getting back, I’m progressing every day and just trying to get back in the swing of things.”
The 32-year-old point guard initially sat out the Knicks’ March 2 game in San Antonio after an inconclusive test, but he was cleared to fly back to New York with the team. He claims he tested positive “the next day,” and was placed into quarantine. Other members of his family also tested positive, he said.