"We saw the quickness and the explosion in the summer league practices," Thibodeau said. "And today, I think he was very patient, [and] he found the rhythm of the game. I thought he played well on both sides of the ball. He pushed himself. He picked up full-court. I thought he had great technique, great effort, and he ran the team well. So it's a good first step."
Rose said he has learned from his latest rehab process and is trying to approach things differently this time around. He said he was pressing through his first 10 games of the past season and is trying to learn from that experience.
"I wanted to prove everybody wrong at that time," he said. "I just wanted it too, too bad. This time around, I just know I got to let the game come to me, go out there and just play. But usually when I play my type of game something positive comes out of it."
For Rose, the biggest positive Monday was there were no setbacks. He is happy he is back on the floor and is trying to enjoy the moment. He believes he is a much more well-rounded player than he was a few years ago.
"My confidence was high, but I didn't know how good I was," he said. "You know how good you are, but I didn't know. Now my confidence is crazy. I know how hard I worked, and I believe I'm one of the hardest workers in the league."