After missing the entire 2012-13 season with a torn ACL, Chicago Bulls star point guard Derrick Rose will finally be ready to go when the team kicks off yet another season in late October. According to early reports, the Bulls will ironically line themselves up the Miami Heat on the NBA’s opening night of the 2013-14 season and all the hoopla that is surrounding Rose’s return to the court is enough drama in its own right.
In a recent interview with CNN however, Rose has put even more unnecessary pressure on himself heading into the season by stating that he is best player in the NBA right now. Let’s not take away from Rose or his talents because he is only two years removed from earning the league’s MVP and at a young age to boot. However, the only label that Rose deserves at this point is the “best player that we have not seen play in over a year.”
After back-to-back championships and back-to-back MVPs since Rose won his award, LeBron James is undeniably the best player the NBA has to offer right now. In addition to that, he won two other MVPs prior to that, so there’s no mistaking who the best player in the league is right now — and it’s not Rose.
Could Rose bounce back in 2013-14 with a monster season, potentially even winning a second MVP? He sure could. Do the Bulls have enough firepower to compete and potentially win an NBA title in 2014? You better believe it.
But why does Rose need to publicly state that he thinks he’s the best player in the league? Especially considering he hasn’t played or done anything to prove that in over a year. Deshawn Stevenson probably once thought he was the best player in the NBA when trash-talking LeBron a few years back.
There’s enough drama and pressure on Rose returning to the court, he doesn’t need the spotlight to brighten by saying he’s the best in the league. His play on the court next season should be the determining factor in that argument and that’s it.
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