Washed. Cancer. Selfish. Can’t create for others.
These are just some of the terms people use to describe Minnesota Timberwolves point guard Derrick Rose nowadays. The former MVP has endured four knee surgeries and is no longer a superstar player in the NBA. Here’s the problem, though. There’s space between being an MVP and a washed player, but for some reason, that statement doesn’t apply to Derrick Rose.
Pundits think just because he’s not playing at an MVP level or doing acrobatic stuff in games means he’s not a good player anymore, and that’s a really negative way to judge a player. Instead of bashing the guy all the time, people should be commending Derrick Rose for not giving up on his dream and love of basketball after all he has been through. He’s an inspiration to so many young hoopers. When adversity hits, time and time again, you don’t give up. You work your hardest to get back up and prove the critics wrong, and that’s exactly what Rose is doing.
The Chicago native put on a stellar performance Saturday night against the Dallas Mavericks. In roughly 32 minutes of action, Rose scored 28 points while shooting 11-of-21 from the field, 2-of-5 from beyond the arc, and 4-of-6 from the free-throw line. The 30-year-old also dished out five assists, grabbed five rebounds, and racked up two steals.
Check out this play from D-Rose. Remember, this is a guy who has had FOUR knee surgeries, and he’s still able to pull off these majestic layups in traffic. This is really inspirational stuff right here from Chicago’s favorite son:
— SLAM (@SLAMonline) October 21, 2018
The Timberwolves ended up losing the game, but to see Rose put on a show like that was great to see, something NBA reporter Marc Stein of The New York Times pointed out:
Watching Derrick Rose play this well — playing as hard as ever, too — has been a highlight tonight
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) October 21, 2018
Derrick Rose is only making the veteran’s minimum this season. Name an NBA player better than Rose that is on a better contract? It’s highly doubtful you’ll be able to.
Check out Rose’s full highlights versus the Mavs below: