Before USA Basketball training camp began, we didn’t really know what to expect form the Chicago Bulls‘ Derrick Rose. Now, three days into the camp, everyone is ranting and raving about the former MVP. Rose has returned with a redesigned game and a new-found confidence and attitude that speaks volumes about where he is at mentally and physically.
Rose appeared relaxed and at peace with where he was at, saying that his confidence level was ‘through the roof.’ Rose has never been one to outwardly appear confident or go on about how good he is; he lets his game speak for itself, and that’s exactly what he has done thus far.
While Rose was injured, many wondered what his mindset was or if he would ever return to the player he once was. Rose has slowly begun to put all those doubts to rest.
As far as Team USA is concerned, Rose doesn’t have to be the dominant scorer he is with the Bulls. Team USA won’t have any problem scoring points. Rose will find himself in a similar role to that of the 2010 World Championships where he ran the team and took care of the basketball while occasionally looking for his own shot. Like many players, Rose won’t see extended minutes when the team starts playing actual games.
Coaches Mike Krzyzewski and Jim Boeheim have had high praise for Rose, calling him the most impressive player at camp. Not only has his explosiveness been there, but he is also said to have an improved jumper and floater.
One thing coach Krzyzewski would like to see out of Rose (and fellow MVP-winner Kevin Durant) is for them to take on a leadership role. Rose isn’t a vocal leader by any stretch of the imagination, but he has always led by example. Rose knows that when he does speak, people tend to listen to what he has to say.
The expectations and scrutiny surrounding Rose won’t dwindle away until he is able to prove his physical and mental strength is here to stay. So far, all indications are that he is well on his way to showing the basketball world he can regain his MVP form.