Knicks' Rose confirms he had COVID-19

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Derrick Rose has rejoined the New York Knicks, though it's unclear when he will play again in the NBA as he recovers from COVID-19.

Looking tired, the 32-year-old Rose underscored the severity of the virus, detailing his struggles.

"Oh man, I was away because I actually had it," Rose told reporters.

"I felt all of the symptoms, sick and everything. But I'm happy to be back and that's in the past.

"It was completely different. They say everybody is different, but with me, I never felt anything like that before.

"The COVID thing, I know a lot of people overlook it but it's very serious. It's real

"I had the flu. It's nothing like the flu. ... It was that times 10."

Rose, who hasn't played since February 28, missed the final two games before the All-Star break and all six games so far in the second half of the season.

The Knicks announced that he was out of the NBA's health and safety protocols, but the point guard has to regain his strength and fitness before he can return to competition.

"He has to go through conditioning and once he's ready to go we'll move forward with it. But he's been out for a while now so he's just starting to ramp it up again and we'll see how it goes," Knicks coach Tom Thibodeau said.

Rose missed his first game on March 2 at San Antonio. He said he became ill the next day and wasn't even able to exercise while in quarantine at home.

Other members of his family also tested positive, he said.

Rose - at three-time All Star - is averaging 12.5 points and 4.9 assists since joining the Knicks from the Detroit Pistons early last month.

The move reunited the 2011 NBA MVP with Thibodeau, his coach in both Chicago and Minnesota.

The Knicks have gone 7-3 when Rose plays, winning the final three games when he was in the starting five.