We all had questions, nobody had the answers to. Would he be the same? Can he mentally withstand yet another “Return campaign”? What are the Bulls going to do? What is Rose going to be like? Slowly but surely the answers are coming to fruition.
For the first time, possibly ever, Rose looks completely confident in interviews this past week during Team USA camp. A man in control. He is layed back, joking, and no longer possesses the lost puppy look, while answering questions from the media. His willingness to go into detail about past, present, and future, issues and plans is some what a relief if you are a Bulls fan. Derrick looks poised and ready to attack one of the weaker aspects of his NBA role, the vocal leadership role. In a recent interview with the Chicago Sun-Time’s Joe Cowley stated Rose continues to say he “wants to be an icon”. Additionally the article goes on to inform us that Rose has spoken several times that he wants to become more of a leader, and it seems like the Bulls and it’s players are finally on the same page,
“It seems like everybody has one goal, from the front office all the way down now,’’ Rose said. “It seems like everyone is finally communicating with each other. That’s all we need. You think about all the championship teams, they say that communication and one goal is usually the recipe. You take away all the other [stuff] and just make it simple.”
Friday night, Derrick Rose looked like a man on a mission. Within the first 3 minutes of the game, the announcer informed everyone watching that Derrick Rose has “already made the team”. His 6 points in the first 3 minutes was all fans need to see. A drive from the top of the key, in which Derrick would fake a pass and double clutch mid-air to finish with his right hand off the left side was the beginning of the show. That coming off just the second possession. As if Rose wanted to set the mood and the tone for the night. If anyone was still wondering how intense the game would be played, a few possessions later, Derrick would cut down the lane off an offensive rebound from Faried and throw down a two-handed dunk, igniting the crowd.
Rose was clearly the fan favorite and been talked about all week. Coach K stating this was the most intense practicing in camp he’s ever had, and Derrick is the one setting the tone, is all we needed to hear. Those words echoed in my head as I watched Rose take an inbound play, after getting beat on a backdoor cut by Kyrie, and looked like a man possessed. Taking Kyrie the length of the court and finishing on a left-handed finger roll in just 3 dribbles. 4 seconds. Rose could have easily had an emphatic dunk on the play, as his head looked even with the rim.
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There was no doubt after watching those first 3 minutes that Derrick still has his speed, his quickness, his reckless abandon attitude. No doubt that this upcoming season we would see the Derrick Rose of old. The rust will soon be gone and more MVP chants will be heard, like the ones at the Thomas Mack center in the 3rd quarter of Friday’s scrimmage. The decision making, and court vision will continue to improve as he continues to become more and more comfortable on the court. It’s safe to say that if it is indeed possible, Rose looks as close to 110% as anyone could ever be. That of course being both mentally, and physically.
Up coming schedule for Team USA and Derrick Rose:
vs. Brazil at the United Center in Chicago on Aug. 16
vs. Dominican Republic at Madison Square Garden in New York Aug. 20
at Puerto Rico Aug. 22
Source: Joe Cowley, Chicago Sun-Times, USAB.com
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