Isn’t it interesting how quickly things can change in the NBA? Think about it, just three years ago Derrick Rose was the talk of the NBA and the league’s MVP.
Fast forward to 2014 and Rose has only played 50 games over the past two years due to injuries. But if Chicago Bulls fans were looking for a glimmer of hope for their star it came in the form of a Monday night preseason game. And Derrick Rose looked very, very good.
The tough road back to basketball
Over the past two years, if there was one NBA player who could write a book on basketball injuries it was Derrick Rose. The former MVP tore his ACL in early 2012 and missed the entire 2012-13 season.
But the Bulls Point Guard was not out of the woods yet… No, Rose instead tore his Meniscus in his right knee and missed the rest of the 2013-2014 season. During a lot of this injury time he was forced to take extreme precautions especially with his approach to his game.
Rose has been known as an explosive guard who relentlessly attacks the basket at will. Well that was the case up until now. He seems to have completely adjusted himself and at the moment *fingers crossed* has seemed to find a happy medium.
That balance of decisive bursts of speed with an overall better understanding of what he needs to do for his team and when, is absolutely scary looking.
What change looks like for Derrick Rose
Yeah I don’t think Kyrie Irving had a fun time during Cleveland’s preseason game versus Chicago on Monday. Matter of fact, I don’t think the entire squad was looking forward to facing that man last night.
There’s a good reason for that too and he showed it off for the world to see. But Rose isn’t simply running to the basket at full speed anymore, no, no, no. There’s a newfound patience to him now, during this year’s preseason he has shown a stop and go approach that I’m not sure teams will be able to stop.
Not to mention a better looking shooting stroke (Rose was 4-5 from 3pt against Cleveland). The only test for Derrick left to be passed is his durability. He will have to prove that he can be trusted to play significantly throughout an 82 game NBA season.
And if he is able to do that then he will have to display the ability to lead his team to, and play in, the postseason. It’s an enormous amount of expectation on his shoulders but he has repeatedly said that he is ready.
For this reason, I believe that Rose has the most expectations of any NBA player this year. That’s right, more than LeBron and more than Kobe… Heck I think Kevin Durant will be under less scrutiny than Derrick Rose this season when he recovers.
But if the Chicago Bulls have any chance of hanging up another championship trophy in the United Center, they are going to need Derrick Rose. And he looks primed to deliver.
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