Derrick Rose is still only 27-year-old. That fact seems absolutely astounding.
The Chicago Bulls point guard is now an afterthought, a great "what if" of the NBA for years to come. He's even been surpassed on the Bulls pecking order by Jimmy Butler, the new great hope in Chicago.
But the former MVP is still young and after a couple of injury-decimated seasons, Rose has been on a bit of a surge in performances recently and the guard feels like he is getting back in the swing of things and on good form.
"I just feel like I'm back," Rose said, according to Nick Friedell of ESPN. "I'm just out there playing."
In Rose's past four games, he has been averaging 23 points and shooting 50 percent from the floor, a marked increase in his ouput compared to the start of the year.
He also has increased his scoring average and shooting percentage every month this season. In February, Rose is averaging 21.9 points while shooting 43.9 percent. Whilst it's not exactly his All-Star, MVP level of five years ago, Rose does feel that there is no ceiling on how much more his game can improve.
"There's always room for improvement," he said. "I don't know how good I can become. Nobody knows, I think it's an unknown ceiling. The way that I'm playing right now, the shots that I'm taking I didn't take when I was younger. I'm shooting off glass now. Defense could get a lot better, but I love the way I'm playing offensively."
Rose will never be the explosive player that won Most Valuable Player. He's not going to blow by defenders in the blink of an eye which, combined with his dynamic scoring, made him nigh unstoppable.
But, he can still be a very good point guard and a key asset on a team chasing an NBA title. And that's pretty damn good for a man who suffered so many injuries.