This summer, the Minnesota Timberwolves signed Derrick Rose to a one-year, $2.3 million deal.
The former Chicago Bull, came off a pretty impressive NBA playoffs for Minnesota last season where he posted 14 points.
That’s encouraging for a player who was probably the best thing that happened to the city of Chicago since Michael Jordan retired.
The youngest player to win the NBA’s MVP award back in 2011, Rose was part of a few Bulls playoff runs and the Southside Chicago native was the king of his castle.
Unfortunately, multiple ACL and MCL injuries changed the trajectory of Rose’s career and have had many NBA purists wondering: “what if.”
Rose, 29 has gotten support from his NBA peers. Earlier this summer, NBA free agent, Jamal Crawford spoke glowingly of Rose. Crawford still recognizes Rose as one of the game’s elite guards even to this day. “His athleticism is still there,” Crawford told me on the Scoop B Radio Podcast.
“He’s still as fast as any guard out there. He would have some practices where he’d just dominate and get to the lane at will, hit shots, hit mid-range shots and floaters, all the reasons people love him. And he can do all those things. He would just run back so nonchalant, like I could do this whenever I want. He didn’t say that, but his play was so easy for him, so I think that’s something he’s going to show more this year and people will be pleasantly surprised.”
“I would definitely say he’s one of the top guards,” former Minnesota Timberwolves forward and current TNT analyst, Kevin Garnett told me.
Add one more name to the list: Minnesota Timberwolves All-Star, Karl Towns. “Derrick has always been great,” Towns told me this afternoon.
“He’s done an amazing job. He works tremendously hard. Obviously he’s working just as hard on the court, off the court with rehab and everything.”
Rose shot 50.9% from the field and 70% from downtown off the bench in the Timberwolves’ five-game playoff run last season.
Kevin Garnett also recently suggested that the Wolves should start Rose this season. “Yeah, I would,”he said.
“You know, you get older, but the knowledge don’t go anywhere. He’s more crafty now than ever in the pick-and-roll. He’s able to get shots for guys and he’s able to knock shots down, so yeah, I would.”
While Towns did not make any mention at all of who would start nor was he asked, he spoke glowingly about Rose as a teammate. “He’s an amazing player,” he said.
“An amazing teammate. You can’t say anything but good things about Derrick Rose. He’s probably one of the humblest people that I’ve ever met and it just speaks to his character.”