Earlier in the offseason, Derrick Rose signed a one-year, $2.1 million contract with the Cleveland Cavaliers in order to prove he still has what it takes to be a top player in the NBA after a disappointing season with the New York Knicks.
Long gone are the days where the point guard was considered one of the best players in the league, as it's been six years since he was crowned the NBA MVP during his playing days with the Chicago Bulls in the 2011 season.
Injuries have been a significant reason for his downfall over the years. However, last night, when the Cavaliers played against the Bulls in a preseason game, it appeared as though Rose had turned back the clock.
Despite the 108-94 loss to Chicago at Quicken Loans Arena, Rose had a great game on the court and was essentially a one-man highlight show for Cleveland. He provided the fans that they should have confidence in him being their starting point guard for the first half of the season, and possibly beyond.
The 29-year-old pulled off a spectacular move on a drive during the second quarter of the game as you can see in the first clip below, which the Cavaliers bench, including one LeBron James, absolutely loved.
He then followed it up later on in the quarter with a fantastic fast-break alley-oop to Jeff Green, which received an even bigger reaction by those watching the game at the Quicken Loans Arena. He played just over 27 minutes in the game, scoring 13 points with five rebounds and five assists.
The way which Rose performed against the Bulls on Tuesday night, even though it's just the preseason, should get Cavaliers fans excited about his potential for the season ahead. They know he can be an MVP-caliber player again, it's just a case of unlocking it.
If he is able to do so, or get close to that type of play once more, it could be enough to keep him in as starting point guard for the entire season, even when Isaiah Thomas is fit enough to play once more.
It's a make-or-break season for Rose if he wants to try and get a big deal once more, and he's certainly showed he has the capability to earn it. He just needs to be more consistent and avoid the dreaded injury bug.