Derrick Rose looks to have all his trademark quickness and explosiveness back. He is driving and dishing in the same effective way he did during his MVP season a few years ago, and this is a great sight to see.
About a year and a half ago, this moment was tough to imagine for Rose. He blew out his knee in a playoff game against the Philadephia 76ers, and it looked to be potentially career threatening; Rose wouldn’t let it be. He attacked rehab the same way he attacks the rim, and really worked to get back completely healthy and 100 percent from what was a devastating knee injury.
The Bulls were precautious with Rose. They sat him out the entire season, and this was a smart move. There is no use risking your franchise center piece’s long term health for potentially a season of glory. Fans and media members whined that Rose should have come back, but it was clearly the right move for the Bulls’ long term plans.
Rose is simply lighting it up this preseason. He is consistently filling up the stat sheet, scoring in the mid 20’s and dishing out assists. Rose is no doubt a lock to be come back player of the year in the NBA.
When healthy, he is one of the top players in the game. In terms of point guards, nobody touches him when it comes to scoring ability and athleticism. You can’t count out the Bulls in a loaded Eastern Conference with their leader and franchise player healthy. He simply makes everyone around him better and leads his team to victories. As they say, he’s back, back and better than ever.