Derrick Rose sped onto the NBA scene and steamrolled his way from a 20-year old Rookie of the Year to the youngest NBA MVP in history at 22.
His combination of raw athleticism and body control proved unstoppable. Rose now looks back on that time and admits he did not always know what he was doing.
Speaking to the Chicago Sun-Times, Rose says he utilized his speed, and as he says "when I was out there when I was younger, I used to be just running crazy because I didn’t know how fast I was. So I was using it for no reason, just mindless."
It is hard to imagine a Derrick Rose that could be better than his MVP season. If he is able to combine a higher basketball IQ with his talents; that would be a lethal combination for the veteran point guard.
Rose believes he has a better understanding for the game after spectating for two seasons. He has been developing his all around game, including his IQ. Rose said "Now that I know I have it, and I know that I have other skills that I’ve been working on, I can really control the game and control what I’m doing when I’m out there just playing.’’
His improved understanding for the game is crucial, especially at the point guard position. He seems ready to take the reigns and lead the Bulls on their quest for a championship.
Chicago Bulls coach Tom Thibodeau even chimed in stating “He’s probably changing speeds a little bit better. Again, it’s a short sample size, but the big thing is his approach is great." Thibodeau went on to say “Just be patient, and I think that’s what he’s shown more than in the past. His patience is better. That will serve him well.’’
Rose is letting the game come to him instead of chasing it mindlessly and his improvements stand to help the Bulls improve on his last healthy season, where they had the league best record and looked unstoppable.