Derrick Rose has been through a lot in the last few years. It all seemed to start not long after he signed a massive five-year contract with the Bulls in 2011. Rose managed to tear his ACL in his left knee in the 2011-12 NBA playoffs and he missed the entire following season, before he injured his right knee last season and was forced to have surgery.
Pretty terrible problems for one of the most promising players in the NBA. There were those that feared Derrick Rose would never return to his dominating best, and they may still be right, but the Chicago Bulls main man is determined to not let anything faze him ahead of the 2014/15 season.
It seems that in the face of his own tragedy, Derrick Rose has managed to remain focused on not letting his troubles get to him.
But there is one key reason why Derrick Rose is so mentally strong these days, and that is because of the problems that Chicago is facing as a city at the moment.
They always say that tragic situations make people stronger, and the atrocities that continue to happen in Chicago regarding gun violence, and death of youngsters, have actually allowed Derrick Rose to gain some perspective on his own problems.
"I appreciate (the game) even more," Rose explained to NBA.com. “Being here the entire summer, just seeing how crazy the city is right now with all the deaths and everything just makes me appreciate life a little bit better, a little bit more, knowing that there are kids out there that don’t give a hell about their life, acting like it’s a video game. It made my appreciation for the game even higher. When I step on the floor, it’s going to feel like a performance every time."
Getting perspective in life can be a powerful tool for athletes to use on the court. It's well known that Psychologist Anthony Robbins helped Andre Agassi during his career, helping him regain his dominance after a huge confidence drop, and while Derrick Rose's situation is different, there are parallels with Rose now feeling he has no fears ahead of the 2014/15 NBA season.
"I have no fears. I have faith. I know that I’m going to be fine. I’m doing everything Coach K and the (staff) want me to do, and I think everything will go my way."